When I was a child, I was ridiculed for many reasons. One of the reasons was for my love for soccer. I played soccer as a child and planned to play it when I was older as a backup plan to running track and field. As a child, it was so easy to dream. I planned to be in the Olympics and had a detailed plan in my mind about how I would succeed. How many people can testify to the fact that a couple negative voices can be louder than many loving and caring voices? When I told my people about my love for soccer, people made fun of me and asked me what was wrong with me among other things. I used to think there was something wrong with being Nigerian-American. I felt like I had to choose. When I learned about God, I realized that I did not have to choose and I was a Christian Nigerian-America.
I did not always feel this bold and assertive with my identity. So eventually, I stopped playing sports all together because I wanted to conform to people’s expectations of me. Soccer has always fascinated me because of the style of the game among many other reasons. I remember for many decades being the only person in my class who loved watching soccer. I remember when the United States hosted the FIFA Men’s World cup in 1994 and the 1996 Olympics, a lot more people were talking about soccer. It was awesome and exciting. I remember when Nigeria won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.
I never imagined that in 2019 that I would be blogging about the United States Women’s National Soccer Team or #USWNT repeating as FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions and winning their fourth title ever. I do not remember the 1991 win but that 1999 win was unforgettable. Things have changed and I wish I never listened to those voices but I am so glad that I can celebrate this historic win. Congratulations on a completed mission of not only winning but repeating. I am excited to see what is in store for this team. I was also proud of the Nigerian Women’s Soccer Team aka the Super Falcons for making it to the round of 16.
This weekend was a busy soccer weekend. I watched the Nigerian men’s soccer team aka the Super Eagles march into the African Cup of Nation’s round of eight on Saturday. Last night, I watched the United States Men’s National Soccer or #USMNT team finish second in the 2019 Gold Cup. My favorite premier league team without a doubt is Chelsea F.C. and I am not ashamed. I am so glad that I can embrace myself fully for being a sports fanatic. I promise I am a well-rounded sports fan. I will write about my sporting adventures. I had a remarkable sports weekend and I had to tell someone about it. It was a dream come true. I want to encourage anyone who has a dream to never stop believing. Please do not listen to the negative voices who try to define you. You were made to be unique for a reason.