Adapted by: Ebenezer Sarfo Adu
I’m not much of a Football fan. Typically, I only tune in when Ghana is playing, and the Ghanaian pride in me arises. I feel it is a waste of time to spend 90minutes to watch a football match when I don’t have any impact on the game being played. I prefer keeping up with the scores whenever my team is playing.
By the way apart from supporting the Black Starts, I support Chelsea FC and Real Madrid.
On Sunday as Ghana played the quarter final match, the Ghanaian pride in me made me tune into one of the Television stations to watch the game at 4pm. It didn’t really matter who the other team was. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the Black Stars and one player in particular – a 5-8 baby-faced winger named Christian Atsu.
His play went something like this. Get the ball, run with the ball on the right flank, Dribble one or two defenders and be awarded a penalty kick after being brought down. And that’s a goal. Ghana qualifies. Nothing but try and outpace defenders in speed and pass to a striker to score or make a one-two pass and move into a position that someone can find you and then a cross into the penalty area to find the striker.
And the thing that really caught my attention, besides Atsu on his long-distance crosses, and his ball-handling skills, was his pitch sense. He must have a football IQ. Running across the half pitch, no-look pass to a teammate streaking in for a header or bicycle kick? Piece of cake.
Which, really, was the most impressive thing about Atsu’s performance: It all looked so easy.
The rational part of my brain told me what Atsu was doing was incredibly difficult – had, in fact, never before been done as sublimely by anyone in Ghanaian Football History. But the irrational quadrant of the grey matter resting between my ears made me delude myself into dreaming something along the lines of “I could do that.” As it is always with the over 20million Ghanaian pundits and armchair strikers when running commentary.
“Now, if I could only remember where I’d put my boots a couple of years ago, blow off the dust and get after it. A little practice is all it’d take,” I fooled myself, forgetting due to a momentary loss of reason my loss of fitness in the accumulated years.
And it dawned on me that is a sign of genius. The ability to make something difficult appear easy.
Which leads me to say, I am a fan of my teammates at ECG who, like Atsu, make the really difficult seem easy. Want lights? Flip a switch. Power pole down in a storm/rain? Give them a call; they’re always there. Power Out in the evening? They are there to do their best and sometimes work throughout till dawn to bring the power back. Planning for the state’s future energy needs years in advance? ECG has engineers, planners, financial gurus. Admin assistants, technicians and analysts. And so many more.
They’re experts, the best at what they do. Like Atsu. Which sometimes leads to the average citizen on the street thinking: “I could do that, myself. How difficult could it be? Put up a substation, install a pole or tower, distribute electricity and everything is copacetic.”
But of course, things are rarely as easy as it looks, especially when performed by those really superior at what they do. I saw a TV special on some footballers that detailed the incredible amount of work they put into honing their craft. Their pregame warm-up routine, alone, would challenge even the most stalwart of wannabes.
It’s the hard work behind the scenes (“behind your Power,” if you will ) that makes everything flow so smoothly.
Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of that.
It’s a pretty fine deal we have, lounging in our overstuffed recliners, comfortable in our homes. We sip a cold coke, chomp microwave popcorn, and marvel at Black stars in raining down impossible goals to thunderous cheers.
I realise it’s not exactly the same for my ECG teammates, who often labour in obscurity. Backstage and out of the limelight, you make sure lights stay on and air conditioners hum while others watch, transfixed, a 44-inch, Hi-Def TV as the Black stars perform their magic act.
But it should be the same. After all, you, too, make the difficult seem easy, the impossible, possible. And that’s really something to cheer about.
I salute you guys!!!!
Hey I just checked the scores online and Real Madrid also won by 3goals. What a day!!!
About the Author
Ebenezer Sarfo Adu is an Electrical Engineer and a Strategist with the Corporate Planning Division.
He is currently the Team Lead for ECG's Digital Media Strategy.
Editors Note: This article was first published in the Nebraska Public power district website as written by Mark Miller and was adapted for ECG during the African Nations Cup.