When adults are asked to recall the happy days as a child, they talk about many childhood games like playing in the sand, playing games like hopscotch (popularly known as “Suwe”) and many other games as a kid. But none of those games mentioned were fun-filled like football.
At a time like this, football event across the world is suffering standstill due to the global pandemic, COVID-9. The lovers of the game are increasingly worried and weary day by day because of the absence of football actions.
Have you ever thought about how badly the players who partake in the sport would be feeling at this point? That’s it. That’s a great passion that comes with football; nobody wants to be left out of the action.
In Africa, football for every child was a game they enjoyed with so much passion and zeal but ironically, not all of them aspired to become professional footballers but instead, didn’t want to be left out of the excitement that comes with soccer as a young chap.
While growing up, football was so interesting to the extent that children could do awful things to ensure that football is played and enjoyed. A quick example is Senegalese and Liverpool ace, Sadio Mane. He disobeyed his parents when he was told not to travel for a trial in Dakar, Senegal at the age of 15.
Because of his dedication and resilience, Sadio today is a force to reckon with in the football world – Dedication pays. This means that right here in Africa, the kids are willing to go any length to play and enjoy soccer.
Shall we together have some nostalgia feelings as we dwell on some tricks younger African kids used on their parents and the kind of rules implemented on the field of play?
Because of the love for football, a child would love to play football at the end expense of going to hawk but trust the parents, they would not easily give in to the child’s disagreement to hawk with the following tricks:
– Fake headaches
– Runaway from home before the time to hawk wares
– Stay longer at school and come home late
When it’s action time, the rules below are adopted – some of them still exist
The Legendary Balls
The Game is Started with “PEEE”
Because there was never a referee, everyone echoes the word “PEEE” to signal the commencement of the action and with that, football begins!
One of The Teams Would Have to Play Shirtless
The amusing thing about this is that there was never a form of uniformity even with the team that put on a shirt. Different tops and shorts (that’s if there were even shorts to put on). This is just a basic street rule to differentiate between the teams playing
Massive Attack and Massive Defense was the Major Tactics
Due to the dearth of insights about the game, every player on the pitch functions as an attacker and a defender. The individuals left out are the goalkeepers of the two teams.
When The Ball Is Played to a Remote Destination, It’s The Hitter That Goes to get it.
Whoever brought up this rule must be a genius. The rule teaches the players to own up to responsibility and discipline.
The Best Players Cannot Be In Team
What has made these rules to be evergreen is the fact that they were keenly followed by the younger football players back in the days and even till now, the rules still remain?
In for equity and fairness, two or more best players cannot be playing in the same team so as to void bashing that may result into rift between the two teams after the match.
The Fat One Man the Defence
The fat ones were considered to be stronger and a makeshift shield to protect goals, less quick (bad choice to be placed on the front line).
The Best Players Were Always Selected First ( High 1 & High 2 )
Before the game starts, two of the best players will be called upon to choose their preferred playing side, High 1 will go first then follow by High 2. However, this rule comes with a shade of cheat as both High 1 and High 2 get the liberty to select the good legs and leave out the rest. Making the other incoming sets to settle for crumbs.
A Goal Keeper Can Switch Position
The streets are blessed with talents, such that every one of the players can play any position on the field, be it forward, defense or goalkeeping. So you could be a forward, but asked to be a temporary goalkeeper in case there is a penalty and then come back to your position, or when a certain player is tired and the team needs a change in tactics…
Calling The Owner Of The Ball At His House
No such thing as text or call back then. You want to play football; you go find a ball owner at their home. Now if a ball owner is busy or eating, you all have to wait until he’s done. If he doesn’t feel like coming or his parent doesn’t want him out, and he doesn’t trust any of you enough to lend the ball, football will be suspended. Or better still find another ball to play.
No Offside Rules
It’s when there’s a referee there would be regulations in the game; that’s definitely one of many dynamism of the younger African children as per football.
The dearth of an Offside rule made everything much enjoyed and gave room for floodgates of goals.
The Match Comes To An End When Everyone Gets Tired
Football those years takes longer times to end and it’s only the physically fit players that can see it through to the end. Unless everyone gets tired, the game will not stop.
Regardless of the Scoreline, The Last Team to Score is the winner
This has to be the best and most interesting of the rules. No matter how wider the scoreline maybe, the last scoring team in most cases is the winner because, at that period, most of the players would be looking forward to going home and the two teams on the play will fancy their chances of getting one last goal over each other.
FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™
Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.
Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.
Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.
As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.
The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.
International match calendar and release of players.
The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.
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The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.
2020 financials and 2022 budget
The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.
FIFA Arab Cup 2021™
The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency
Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?
The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.
Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.
Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.
The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.
However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.
It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.
The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.
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Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.
Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.
In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.
Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.
Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.
Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.
Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.
However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.