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When is sport more than just a game?

Charlotte Attwood | 17:02 UK time, Monday, 28 March 2011

On Tuesday Ghana's Black Stars play an international friendly against England at Wembley. What would a victory for Ghana mean to the fans?


India is also playing Pakistan at cricket on Wednesday. This comes as peace talks are revived between the troubled neighbours. Does sport smooth the way for politics and business?

When do non sporting issues affect a sporting fixture? Are we expecting too much of our sportsmen and women to think they'll get involved in politics? When has it been more than just a game for you?

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  • Comment number 1.

    Winning or losing is the spirit in sports. Therefore, whoever wins or loses between Ghana and Britain may not be important. However, because of alleged and acclaimed better and longer participation in the soccer game and Britain being the host, it may be a bad show for the team. For Ghana, a win may make them feel elevated to a higher cadre in the soccer. Let us cheer both teams and wish them well in sports spirit.

  • Comment number 2.

    If Ghana's black stars beat England to me is like son beat his Father,then it will be lot of fan in back home even in England also haaaaaaaaaaa !!!!

  • Comment number 3.

    Whoever takes sport for just fun should think again. No ideology no religion and probably never will be any that unites people of all colours and beliefs of this world like sport does. Its the only thing on the face of the earth that can bring all kinds of enemies under one roof and they share a smile.

  • Comment number 4.

    "Football is not a matter of life and death... it's more important than that." -- Bill Shankly

  • Comment number 5.

    Thanks to Ghana taking on England in an international friendly match.It would mean alot to the black star fans, if they win.Black star is known for being the herous in African football history.It is an interseting game of football.But the wins will be in favour of England.With the squads she has, i wonder.

  • Comment number 6.

    Wow! a victory for Ghana means progress,peace and unity for the whole of Africa.However,this will prove the world wrong that Africa is a land of backwardness,warmongers and incompetence.It's time for Africans to rise up and shine and remember that it is easier to climb down the mountain than to climb up but the view at the top is clearer.So,Ghana will help Africa today to the top of the mountain of England.

    Go Ghana,Go Africa the chances are all yours and make the Ghanians and Africans football fans proud.I bet you the result is 1-0 in favor of Ghana.

  • Comment number 7.

    Any way, football is about big names but skills.You may be surprised to see the Black stars winning today.What i know Capello is confused in team selection.With many stars,things are hard.

  • Comment number 8.

    The fact to be said is that most football fans in Africa are excited whenever their team is playing but are always frustrated at the end of the game and today's game is no difference.

  • Comment number 9.

    It becomes more than a game when Ghana play England for the first time! I'm in Singapore and I'll be staying up til 0300am to watch the match, why? because I have immense pride. It's a sign of people being willing to say .. all the other stuff actually doesn't matter as much as politicians want it too. In the end light-hearted interaction is all that we crave. Ironically, that's when most people become sooooo passionate about their country.

    I also think for the young people born in England to Ghanaian parents, it's the crossroads of identity. We've been battling with it for a long time but now it's ok to say yes I was born in London or Manchester but my world expands far beyond UK borders.

  • Comment number 10.

    The recent exchange between the Ghanaian lady in London and the gentleman from Ghana is proof that sport is more than a game. The tension in the conversation was palpable... and they're even both Ghanaians!

  • Comment number 11.

    Each country has its own reason/s for its excessive passion, but in most cases, the sums of money invested by corporate sponsors invariably raises the stakes dramatically. But this doesn't fully explain it all. For the English, for example, football glory is nothing less than a God-given right: hence, their usual expectation of victory regardless of the quality of their team. This mindset is informed, it seems, by imperial nostalgia. Ghanaians expect victory because of their belief that as the first black African nation, they have something to prove to the rest of the continent. For the Egyptians (or their Arab brethren in Algeria, Tunisia, etc), defeat at the hands of racially "inferior" African teams is simply unthinkable. Nigerians, like the English, believe they're the "lions of Africa" and so don't need to prepare for tournaments: in any event, aren't some of the best players in Europe Nigerians? The Latin Americans often win only because of the psychological inferiority displayed by their opponents. Only the Germans, the French and the Dutch never seem to expect automatic glory.

  • Comment number 12.

    If it was just a game who should blame who? Politics just a game, fun, Hobie,...?


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