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Seychelles vs Kenya – Pre World Cup qualifier

Let’s face it, it’s probably the only chance I’ll ever get to go a pre World Cup qualifier, but based upon my experience of watching Seychelles play Zimbabwe last year, I wasn’t labouring under any pretensions that they might actually win. I don’t say that to be mean and having had conversations with people at work, some were surprised that I was bothering to watch them at all (they’ve obviously never been Man City fans  – and yes I know they’re doing very well now, what was it again, 6-1 against Man U oh, how I’ll never tire of that :  )

We paid our 35 rupee entry (at less than £2 they were the most expensive seats) and settled in on the concrete bleachers for the drama to begin. The other one looked a little uncomfortable… I’ve spoken about it before, but have yet to come to terms with it, its   my football tourettes that’s to blame. I can’t help myself, I can’t shut up, I just shout stuff at the players and I don’t know what I’m talking about, I mean every game I have to double check with the other one what offside is. I’ve made progress I  now get the concept but am still too slow to actually ever see it happen.

They were clearly at team that felt more comfortable with their relatively new Seychellois football coach, RALPH Jean-Louis (coach for club team St Michel) than with their previous guys, including Andrew ‘I’m not the guy from City’ Amers Morrison (if you don’t know the story you have to read this, its hilarious). They were playing like a different team,  albeit one that still lost 4-0, but I thought they were plucky. But then, really, what do I know?

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Cable for cat…

She is very cute

All of a sudden it was time for our neighbours to go and despite notices in the local paper, posts on Social

one reason for not watching much TV

Seychelles and posters around the school, a potential cat owner could not be found. Looks like we were getting a cat.

But we’re shallow people.

We also got our neighbours cable TV box (saving us  a whole £75) and the account transferred to us.

The other one wouldn’t know now if the cat had brought him a present as he’s too damn busy working out whether he’s seen the football match thats playing on the Supersport 1, 2, 5, 4, 1005, million or not. If he sees six goals put in the net by a team in pale blue, he can be probably be reassured that he has.

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Amers Morrison loses his magic…

The saga of Seychelles’ national football coach continues as reported previously in my blog… (and also covered in the UK’s Telegraph and the Sun) but anyway here’s the latest on the Seychelles’ employment of its national coach Andy Amers Morrison thinking he was the former Manchester City player Andy Morrison but wasn’t.

POOR ANDY AMERS MORRISON IS OUT!!! Only weeks after it was announced in the press that he’d be staying and that he’d see out the six month probation period,  the Seychelles Football Federation have capitulated and booted him out.

Might I mention, there is a very well qualified communications consultant available on the island…

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No offence but it did make me laugh… so Seychelles thought they were getting the ex Manchester City player Andy Morrison to coach the national football team and to great fanfare unveiled him a few months ago to the press only to find recently that in fact they haven’t employed him at all but instead some guy called Andrew Amers Morrison whose apparent claim to fame was running a samba soccer school for underprivileged children in London.

I read about this in the Seychelles’ national newspaper The Nation, whose hilariously blunt opening line ‘Did Seychelles get the right Andy Morrison? The answer is no’ tipped me off to the mix up but it seems that they only knew about it because of an article in the Northwich Guardian newspaper (not too far from my home town Manchester in the UK) where the real Andy Morrison is assistant manager for their non league home team Northwich Victoria, who on hearing the news was reported by the Guardian as saying: “I thought it was a wind-up…took a phone call on Sunday night asking for my thoughts on getting the job. Apparently it has also been in news stories on the Internet. I had to laugh, it’s the first I’d heard of it.”

So it seems it was news to the Seychelles Football Federation too: “We thought we were getting the real Andy Morrison,” said Suketu Patel, chairman of the Seychelles’ Football Federation (SFF) but instead we have an impostor.”

In an attempt to clear up the matter, Andrew Amers Morrison was called before the SFF to explain himself and for whom action would be taken if it was found he’d mislead them, so said Mr Patel. Curious then that just a couple of days later, indeed yesterday, the Seychelles Football Federation announced that the fake Andrew Amers Morrison would be staying on as according to The Nation at no time has the SFF or any of its officers made any statement in respect of the identity of Mr Amers Morrison and that the confusion came from the local press which mistook Amers Morrison for former Manchester City centre-half Andrew Charles ‘Andy’ Morrison, which was then picked up by the Northwich Guardian newspaper and the SFF website. Ahh so it was the press that did it, SFF knew what they were getting all along did they Mr Patel?

That would explain why the SFF were not so concerned when apparently according to the Nation two days after signing his contract with the SFF, coach Andrew Amers Morrison told the local football body about the false information on its website, asked for it to be rectified and provided the SFF with his own website http://www.sambastreetsoccer.com but unfortunately ‘due to an administrative oversight by the SFF, this was not followed through’.

So fake Andrew remains in employment but we are assured by the SFF that he’s on 6 month probation where his ‘performance will be assessed and evaluated’ presumably by the SFF. Hmmmmmm.

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Later that evening…

I feel joy as not one but two goals go in against Germany. We then crash and burn not even the prospect of London Dairy ice cream can lift my spirits.

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Sponsored walk

always at the back

I also had the foresight to swap to water sometime in the evening, seeing as though we were up at 8am to do a sponsored walk- I wasn’t about to repeat my mistake of the week before. Our friend ‘N’ has been raising money for the hospital in Guatemala where she spent a year’s sabbatical and we were helping out by taking part in the walk.

A few hours sleep and we were up and out and in school where we then had to wait about 40 minutes ( I could have been in bed longer!) before we started. We walked from the school, up to Bel Air and then through Le Niol and down the road linking Beau Vallon to Victoria. We managed to lose some of them and confusingly met them later on with them in front of us – eh? Apparently, we should have taken a short cut to avoid walking on the blind corners, so we risked life and limb while the others made like they were on a sunday stroll.

Feeling brave the other one and I decided to run the last kilometre (was probably about 6km in total) and it nearly killed me. I collapsed in the staff room and eagerly looked forward to the lunch that one of the participants had kindly committed to bringing. It was Spaghetti Bolognaise and Coronation Chicken sandwiches. I tried not to look to glum as I tucked into plain spaghetti and cheese. Still, it’s all for the cause.

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SBC World Cup Commentary

Why don’t they want to watch it on SBC because of gems like this:

  • He hits it with his right foot, no sorry left
  • It’s a penalty (it blatantly wasn’t)
  • I do get tickled when a player puts his thumb up after missing a pass

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