Published: January 29th 2010January 29th 2010
GH vs. Mali
Cali girl gone Ghanaian
In the spirit of Ghana securing a place in the African Cup of Nations final this week, I am going to be sharing my Ghanaian football experiences with you! If you're like me, and didn't know what the African Cup of Nations even is...you can follow Ghana's national team, the "Black Stars" at http://www.ghanafa.org/
Ok, anyone who knows me, knows I am not so into sports. Unless there is beer involved (it's not that i even like beer that much, I guess I just get bored!) But when in Rome.... Or better yet: when in Africa, WATCH FOOTBALL. And by football, I mean "futbol" which means "soccer," of course. I've been to two games since I've been here: the first in Accra; the second, in Kumasi.
The first was a qualifying match for the world cup next year, so it was decidedly more exciting...plus, it was my first game, ever. We snuck down to better seats than we originally had, because that's kind of what you do here. So, for 5 cedi, which is like 3 dollars, we were able to sit right behind the goal and watch firsthand how Ghana kicked the Sudan's hiney! The crowd and basically
Ghana vs. Mali
THE crew: Me, Jasmin, Maga
the entire community was absolutely out of control after GH won...which means people running around with Ghanaian flags, any and everywhere. The guy sitting next to us was really a big help in my team spirit development and he even bought me my very own Ghanaian flag! After the game, we just roamed the streets, wearing our flags as capes and jumping around! This kind of excitement is pretty contagious!
In Kumasi, we didn't have that great of seats, but we made do and had a blast, regardless. Though there wasn't much riding on this match against Mali, the crowd was heated as always and we got to witness a fight in the row directly behind me! Now, if there's one thing I dislike more than sports, it would be fighting...but it was still interesting to see how and why people get soooo heated over a game. We all thought someone had broken a glass bottle when the one guy slapped the other...it was that loud... ! This was one of those instances that really reminds you that you're in Africa. I mean I understand crazy fans get in fights all over the world, but I don't think that
Ghana vs. Mali
We were soooo exctited! You're supposed to wave the flag everytime GH scores .... or something like that lol
dozens of uniformed policemen come out of nowhere to break it up like they do here. It was weird but comforting to see such a quick response to the fight, though I was left wondering both where did all those policemen come from, and why do Ghanaian policemen have military (combat-ish) style uniforms?! They're like ninjas, those guys...but I definitely felt better after they handled the situation.
Anyway, enjoy the pictures:) and don't laugh at my "team spirit" too much (you know who you are).
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