Thursday, September 5, 2013
2013 ETHIOPIA VS. CANADA SOCCER
One of the highlights and “fun moments” during the Young Adults Mission’s Trip to Korah a few months ago, was a highly anticipated soccer game. The week leading up to “Game Day” was full of intensity as, the Ethiopian Leaders and Young Adult team worked tirelessly together with the HFK families and children, making home visits, presenting the Women’s Health Issues Educational Day, organizing the Brother Sister Friend Program, purchasing at the Mercado for the Income Generation program and more. All week the good-natured predictions of victory, the teasing and rivalry grew, building up to what was sure to be an unforgettable soccer match between ETHIOPIA AND CANADA.
Fortunately for TEAM CANADA, they inherited an excellent young Ethiopian soccer star named Nagoose and his fellow countryman Habtamu. To offset this advantage, another young soccer talent named Ben, from the U.S. was added to TEAM ETHIOPIA. So, with the rosters set for both teams, TEAM ETHIOPIA arrived wearing their dazzling blue “Nike” Uniforms while TEAM CANADA arrived decked out in their knock-off “ABIBAS” shirts purchased from the Mercado market; and if you are thinking I have made a typo, I have not – the “ABIBAS” shirts were a smashing hit! J
After much cheering, jeering and singing of both national anthems, the game began and a grand drama unfolded on the pitch as the players squared off against each other as well as the elements and straggling animals. With many exciting plays and momentum swings the match was filled with outstanding performances, the spectators were wowed and fun was had by all! J
ARRIVING AT THE SOCCER FIELD
SINGING OF THE ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM
"LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!"
THE GOAL POSTS
At 7,000 ft. above sea-level
TEAM CANADA quickly changed from white-faced to red!
Ben for ETHIOPIA vs. Nagoose for CANADA
ETHIOPIA AND CANADA
WHAT A TEAM!!!