Just like that it snapped, the ankle gave way and positioned itself awkwardly, maybe because he jumped and tried too hard and landed badly, and immediately the players reactions were to gesture for a call — an ambulance.
It arrived duely, not after the unfortunate player had spent 20 odd minutes lying in the middle of the pitch, under the unforgiving hot sun.
Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you see it, a few guys flanked him and did their best to provide shade as well as fanning a piece of cardboard for air.
And that was how my 2nd game in two days ended, prematurely, and on both occasion, my team conceding 6 goals.
Oh, it sucks badly to lose, but it happens now and then, but the manner of this morning’s loss felt less weary than yesterday’s league game with Skopets FC.
This morning, it was a team, playing for each other and pushing each other, and how miserable it felt yesterday after the team disintegrated and whined internally, cos we were 5-2 up and in control before losing everything in the second half.
That feeling of thinking that everything’s going to be okay, but in the end it’s all screwed up, and its beyond your control, well it’s beyond terrible.
It’s terrible, horrendous and catastrophic when Men gives up, and Skopets FC gave up yesterday.
Ironically, it was a haphazard collection of bunch of uncles and young men from all walks of life and nationalities that enlightened me, during this morning’s game, where even though we were losing, it was a graceful loss.
There were no whining, no finger-pointing, no rush-of blood to the head tackles (unless you count the events that led to the ankle breaking) and it was a fun social game of soccer, the way it was meant to be.
I really don’t know what the future holds for Skopets FC, following this dejection, and I think someone mentioned about us taking a break from soccer, just to straighten out our minds and, hopefully, our team spirit.
If there’s anything that wins or loses games, it is team spirit.
Without the team, there’ll be no spirt and without the spirit, there’s no team.
Oh well, another loss, another knock on the chin, but gotta look forward to the final league game of the season now, and that’s next week.
And I have no idea what I’m gonna be spenind my Saturday afternoons with when it’s over.
Maybe I could write a book.
“What to do when someone breaks an ankle during a soccer game.”
Poor chap. Wish you recover well, and on the bright side, if any, he’ll be getting a lot of MCs.