On Friday 24th July Mpilonhle Academy played against Masibonisane Educators. The result was we lost by 4 goals to 1. The team has now played 3 games, won 1 and lost 2. Not a bad run of scores. We looked good before the game due to our new jerseys. During the game we were awful.
The first half perfomance was solid, we were able to close them down for long periods of time. I had a couple of chances to score which I did not take. Some of the spectators started saying I had been bribed before the game which was not true. The score at half-time was 1-0. They scored just before the half ended.
Second – half the flood gates opened. Within the first ten minutes back from the game the score was 3-0. Our heads dropped and our hearts were no longer in the game. They scored a fourth goal. Thanks to Sbu he managed to score 1 for us. This made the score 4-1. This was a thrashing of note.
Why we lost?
1. We played the game on pay day. This should never happen again. Our next game should be on the 15th.
2. The unplayable pitch condition. Some parts of the ground the grass had overgrown others there was no grass. You cant practise at Wembley stadium than play at HM Pitjie Stadium.
3. We played against educators from the school we work at. We lost against Slethukukhanya and Masibonisane. This team can only beat non-educator teams.
4. The new jersey. A new jersey always gives out bad luck!
Our next game will be sometime in June!!!
This week Mpilonhle Academy is playing their 3rd official match. The opponents will be Masibonisane Educators. They have more than 50 educators at Masibonisane and around 1700 learners. This makes this game probably the biggest game this year. Around 25 male educators.
Why this is the best thing since sliced bread?
1. I used to play for this Masibonisane educators team. I know how much it means to them to beat us. They also know how deadly I can be in front of goals.
2. We might be wearing our brand new Mpilonhle jerseys kit for this game. This will serve as an inspiration to the whole team.
3. The celebration party/braai after the game. This is tradition after every match win/loss you must have a small braai/party amongst the players.
My Motivation to the team members:
I will donate R300 towards the celebration party from my own pocket if we win this game. Can anyone match or better my donation?
We can turn Masibonisane into Our Daily Bread!!!
American talk show host and our Mother of course Oprah Winfrey is one of the thousands African American
who traced their African roots via DNA mapping .She discovered that she was a descedent of the Kpelle people of LIberia . since DNA mapping made it possible to trace ancentry , ten thousands around the world have taken tests. but the process is of particular interest to Black Americans becuase it offers to reverse the terrible forces separation from their home. Too many Africans , Barack Obama’s triip to Ghana represented a home coming for the first African American president – a son of world poorest continent who attained Global power . Obama’s heritage includes Kenya and his father came to United States as a foreign student.
“He was my hero.” It was a simple message on a placard outside Michael Jackson’s home. It got me thinking: “What is a hero and was Jackson one?”
So, for a start, I went to the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary for a definition. It was split into three parts:
1. A name given to men of superhuman strength, courage, or ability favoured by the gods.
2. One who does brave and noble deeds; an illustrious warrior.
3. A man who exhibits extraordinary bravery, firmness, or greatness of soul, in connection with any pursuit, work or enterprise.
Before answering the question of Jackson’s credentials, I think it is worthwhile looking back in history at examples. Achilles was the Greek hero of Homer’s “Iliad”. He killed Hector in the Trojan War and was himself killed by Paris who shot a poisoned arrow into his vulnerable heel. That is according to the Hutchinson Encyclopaedia.
Aeneas, on the other hand, was the Roman hero of the epic poem by Virgil entitled unsurprisingly “The Aeneid”. He wandered around the Mediterranean, fell in love with Dido, Queen of Carthage, before founding the Roman State. Both these men were favoured by the gods and fell within the first definition.
In their own way, they set the example for the second definition which covers both warriors and intrepid explorers. Consider England’s national heroes. Boadicea was a British Queen who resisted the Romans (despite the definition women also qualify); Arthur and his knights of the Round Table repelled pagan Saxon invaders; Henry the Fifth defeated the French at Agincourt in 1415; Horatio Nelson (the greatest of them all) defeated the combined French and Spanish Fleet at Trafalgar in 1805; Winston Churchill led the nation during the Second World War; and explorers included Livingstone, Scott of the Antarctic (even though he didn’t get to the South Pole first) and Shackleton.
The third definition covers a much wider range of people. Great statesmen such as early American presidents like Washington and Lincoln and latterly John Kennedy qualify. Our own Nelson Mandela is right up there with Ghandi. Great names in literature such as Shakespeare and Tolstoy, in art Leonardo da Vinci, in science Einstein, in music Beethoven are all in the hero class. Sport would feature Pele (soccer), Bradman (cricket) and Mohammed Ali (boxing). Good deeds would produce candidates like Florence Nightingale, Mother Theresa and Princess Diana.
Now comes the crunch. If Michael Jackson qualifies, it’s in the third category for greatness of soul in connection with his pursuit. You might want to rule him out for his morals. But Admiral Nelson had an affair with the famous courtesan of the times, Emma Hamilton. Kennedy hooked up with Marilyn Monroe and many others. Still, you might say, Jackson’s relationship with children put him in a different league.
In terms of his music, he has to be up there with the likes of Presley, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. Thriller for me was a knockout album and who can forget the video that accompanied the title track? He undoubtedly brought a huge amount of joy into the lives of millions of fans around the world. In addition, he broke down the barriers for black artists in the United States.
Nevertheless, I cannot bring myself to call him a hero. Celebrity icon yes, hero no. It is very much a personal decision so I would not dispute the authenticity of the message on the placard. He or she is entitled to that opinion, I am entitled to mine.
As for South African heroes, I would put Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Chris Barnard and Doctor Khumalo at the top of my list. Whom would you name?