On Football Age and Petty Lies

The image above hit my screen on instagram @maureenalikor feed this morning and it sure got me laughing. Of course, after a few minutes of laughter, it dawned on me that this Rwandan player just happened to be a scapegoat of an agelon football tradition, if I’m allowed to put it do.

Who is foooling who?

First, let take a look at it. The player in question should not take the fall for a combine crime that everyone partook in committing.
This is a crime we have fashioned a name for, which is “football age”.

This is a totally different age of a footballer from the main age in their birth certificates. Ya right.
Since I wad born, till now I am growing old, I have always heard the term ” football age”.

Let us all not act as though this is the first time we are hearing the terminology.

We are humans and oftentimes than not, we tell petty lies about our age just to be accepted or ommitted from something. We lie to skip responsibilities and also lie to acquire responsibilities.

In football, the age bracket for most footballers in African countries is different from those in Western countries. We should not pretend that we are not aware of the difference in biological and hormonal growth and development in these two varying world.
We should also not forget the climate difference, the economic and the feeding difference in both.

Now, looking at the age on the image above, you’d hear Under 17, for God’s sake, this is Africa and from the look of things we virtually copy most of what the whites do and based on the boundaries they have set, we make some decisions. THIS IS TRUE, WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT.

So, when they set their age or rule for a competition and you hear Under 17 championship, we Africans and even some of them don’t stick to the age they have set.

Now, back to the Rwandan player caught, his case is taken this serious because he was either caught on camera or heard by another ear who is new to the football age thingy.
He was suspended because he dedicated his goal to his wife and three children. I hope the Rwandan football federation will not stop there but take a step further in apprehending and suspending every other player that played this prank.

The Rwandan football federation should also take a certain fall for this innocent guys blunder. This goes to show that they didn’t carry out proper screening before including the player in their team.

So you see, while the Rwandan football federation is trying to hide their face from the public disgrace by suspending the player, they shouldn’t forget to punish themselves for their gross INCOMPETENCE.

Is any too intelligent for their age

”You are too intelligent for your age”.

When I hear this statement, it leaves me wondering.
At what point does a person become too intelligent for their age?

But then I see it from another angle.

Alot of people who are seen as too intelligent for their age are those who took extra time to dig into their well of knowledge and wisdom, so as to be well informed on matters that they should be abreast with.

At first impulse, people are naturally lazy and would not go the extra mile to reach within them and draw out all that’s in them: by that I mean potentials.

In every human there is a well, as I choose to call it, a well of knowledge and wisdom. And this well is filled up by so many things, our experiences in life- both negative and positive, our education-from cradle to adulthood, the advises of/from our parents, guardians and all, also this well is filled with information we gather from the media as news, entertainment etc, and also from books we have read, scanned or skimmed, from the bible we have read or listened to, from our religious teachers like Pastors and Imams and other teachers in our worship centers,
from happenings in our environment and also from experiences of other people.

This well does not dry up, it can keep absorbing new ideas, infos and new concepts but it never gets filled up.

That is how God made us.

So if a person is not acting as we expect them to act, it means such a person is not reaching into their well to draw out the knowledge or wisdom that is needed at a certain time to solve a certain need or challenge.

The more we live, the more we put in ideas into the well, the more we gather new experiences that we ought to learn from and put them into our well.

Our brain is our well. It can accommodate a lot of things, but research has shown that humans do not make use of up to halp of their brain content before they die.

So imagine if we begin to dig into our wells, imagine the height of growth and development that we will experience.

So when I hear you say a person is too intelligent for their age, I am tempted to stop the words in your mouth because I believe the person is not too intelligent for their age but the person is attempting to exhibit the amount of wisdom, intelligence that is expected of that person as at that age.

A lot of people do not develop themselves, so they reduce the standard of reasoning that should have been thereby making the mental expectation of an average human reduced and this reduction makes people get surprised when they see a person break out from this tiny box of reasoning.

So next time, when you are tempted to tell a person he or she is too intelligent for their age, I would advise you take back the words and commend the person from breaking away from the small box of reasoning.

No one is too intelligent, everyone is intelligent but not all tap into their intelligence well.


The Race of Life

At birth
the whistle blows
we begin a race
to an unseen destination

we scale storms
and wade through hard times

we possess
and become possessed

we grow
and keep growing

we acquire
all we think we ever need

we love
and hate

we dream
and then
just when you least expect

the whistle blows again
but this time
for death
a race to an unseen destination