World Cup -- The Other Bad Call Kills Nigeria
This was Sani Kaita’s situation. With the weight of Nigeria on his back, he committed a mental error in last weeks game in South Africa.
Vassilis Torosidis, a Greek defender, coerced Kaita into making the ‘biggest mistake’ of his soccer career. In the 33rd minute of the game, both men went for the ball as it rolled out of bounds and the Greek defender picked up the ball. Everything was fine, until Torosidis ‘juked’ as if to hit the nearby Nigerian with the ball, causing Kaita to flinch and lift a foot in defense, which at best, grazed the Greek defenders shin guard.
Torosidis went on to flop around and writhe in agony in what would have outdone several dramatic ‘performances’ on Broadway. The referee promptly presented the Nigerian footballer with a ‘red card’ and the face of the game changed. From that point on, the Nigerian team tried its best to push forward, but they were visibly deflated. The clock began to tick away and a pair of goals by the opposing Greeks shattered the demeanor of the already ‘long-shot’ team. A team that no one expected to play deep into the tournament was on the cusp of reaching the next level of the competition, but had to settle for a hard-fought loss.
This what shame looks like.
This is what fail looks like.
I feel pretty bad for this bro.
Greece went on to win the game 2-1 with the 11-man-on-10-man advantage that teams are privileged to have when an opponent gets a ‘red card’ in competition. This was Greece’s first world cup win, and whether it was deserved or not, it surely put smiles on the faces of their fans.
I, for one, am not the biggest fan of either the Greek or Nigerian national teams, but in any sport, I hate to see a team lose due to an action that has nothing to do with the competition on the pitch. The fact that Torosidis ‘flopped’ was that much worse.
Greece is known for their contributions to ‘philosophical thought,’ so much so that the word ‘philosophy’ is derived from the terms “love” and “of wisdom” (philos sophia). Maybe if bros would have dibble dabbled in ‘futbol’ they wouldn’t have to rely on acting to win games in ‘the Cup’ too. Then again, the Greeks are all about drama too.
I kinda feel like Socrates would have been all about not winning ‘like that.’
I wonder if ‘Soc bro’ would take pride in a win by a Greek team whose goals came by an unfair advantage, that is, an advantaged that was not earned but rather acted into fruition.
I personally feel that ‘Nigerian bro’ should have been smarter in that situation. It’s the freaking ‘Cup’ for crying out loud. Sure, emotions were ‘high’ but that doesn’t mean you have to make a stupid decision without thinking! Shame on ‘Greek bro’ though. Sani Kaita was a ‘tragic hero’ in the end—an irony chalked up to that bro Aristotle.