A Girly Girl’s Takeaways from the 2018 FIFA World Cup

A Girly Girl’s Takeaways from the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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An interest in football or any sort of sport for a little schemer like me, is to simply percolate the ever erupting landmine that is a man’s mind and leave on it an indelible mark.

The idea behind it is good old fashioned posturing; I present myself as a girl that can effortlessly balance glam and grit…

Boom! Issa Wifey!

It’s genius I know.

Whether or not this theory has resulted in my becoming someone’s Mrs. is a discussion for another day, but yeah “Yay football and other forms of sports I could care less about… yay!”

Now, in the absence of a genuine interest in the game itself, I would say this-there were quite a number of takeaways from this year’s edition of the world cup. This I garnered from social media and general gossip and fortunately not from the sitting down and watching 22 men chase a ball around for 90 odd minutes… (huge wink)

Here goes…


1. The sportsmanship of the Japanese team

Japan’s stint at the 2018 FIFA world cup, came to a tearful end with a 3-2 defeat in the final minute of injury time against Belgium.

But despite how heartbroken the fans were, they cleaned up their own side of the bleachers at the Rostov arena, which they had been doing at all previous games. This amazing behavior was also practiced by the team, who cleaned up their locker room and left it spotless, leaving behind a note that read, thank you in Russian.

How amazing is that?

We’ve all heard the quote “be magnanimous in victory” in loss? Be even more magnanimous. 

It didn’t end there, the Japanese team was given a hero’s welcome in their home country by a crowd of adoring fans that greeted them at the airport. Another teaching moment.

In the end, the glass is either half full or half empty, the choice is yours.

2. The Croatian President

History will be kind to the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, not because she is drop dead gorgeous with a megawatt smile. History will be kind to her because of her display of exceptional leadership at the 2018 FIFA world cup. She displayed great passion from the beginning of the tournament, cheering her team through every game after the group stage. She only missed the quarter finals against England, due to a NATO summit she had to attend in Brussels.

She even drove the team bus at one point.

Perhaps her greatest display of true leadership, was at the finals. Despite her team’s 4-2 loss to France, she stood clad in her country’s national colors and hugged every member of her team in the pouring rain, like a proud mother. It didn’t end there, the team was treated to a hero’s welcome when they returned home.

The mark of true Leadership is getting down and dirty with your people when it matters, how many of us can say authoritatively,  that if we find ourselves in positions of power today we would be like Kolinda.

Let’s chew on that for a minute. 

3. Naija for Show

The Nigerian team was dubbed the most stylish team in the world cup. All Nigerians gave our boys the side eye when they returned home after an abysmal outing at this year’s tournament. All I take away from the whole thing is this, if you’re going to flop you might as well do it looking fabulous!

So there you have it, a girly girl’s World Cup greatest moments. What did you learn? Leave your comments in the section below!


Credit: Tobi Akhanamoya

Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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