A destructive proposition for African sport
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Life is just life, regardless of the soul that contains it. However, there is no doubting that we are categorised into levels, and as human beings, we happen to identify ourselves as occupying the topmost level. This is primarily because of the conscientious agreement of our perceived developed sense of reasoning.
But one thing equally quite obvious is that among ourselves, there are differences. It was the Almighty Allah Himself that created us as such, and if there is any specific reason for this, only He can explain.
Nonetheless, our differences form the basis of the beauty of our world - unity in diversity. The most prominent difference is physiological, and central to that is the skin colour; yet our skin colour is just a difference in the concentration of a certain pigment that the scientific world prefer to call melanin. The lower the concentration of these pigments on the surface of your skin, the lighter your skin colour appears, hence the difference in colour between white and black.
Despite all these underlining facts, manifestations from some quarters constantly seek to defy this divine demonstration of the wonders of nature. The history of mankind has been dominated by fuss about misguided perceptions of humanity, which, unfortunately, have translated into acts that are tantamount to all imaginable forms of vices: racism, xenophobia, zionism, terrorism (both state-sponsored and individual) etc, etc... We tend to fail to grasp the fact that our attitude triggers some of the damning world events that dominate world affairs today.
For want of a suitable example, let's take a close look at some of the most ludicrously xenophobic and racist remarks of recent times.
The FIFA president, Joseph Sepp Blatter doesn't like the Africa Cup of Nations' scheduling right in the middle of the European league season, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it categorically clear that he is relieved Togo failed to qualify for the tournament, meaning he gets to keep striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Can you imagine - this is a blatant portrayal of unmistakably selfish feelings of some of the greediest of capitalists towards the interest of a developing nation. These statement are just sample reflections of what prevails in the western world.
Already it is clear that we have a tournament that hasn't had a very good press in Europe.
Any move to even give a grain of consideration to this destructive proposition, will mark the beginning of the end of Africa's most prestigious sporting event. And whosoever allows themselves to be a party to such a historical fallacy shall never be forgiven by posterity!