The news of a death is never an easy thing to take in. Especially when it happens to someone close, a relative or a friend. It pushes to another level when that happens to a family member, a brother, sister or parents. This is what has happened to the Toure brothers, both widely known and admired as great football players, their younger brother recently passed away due to cancer, at the age of 28. The Toure brothers who play for Manchester City and Liverpool respectively, are no new names on the world of football. However, what drew me to write about them is the sheer determination and dedication they have given for their cause. This is, to play in the world cup finals despite the loss they have suffered.
Which, in all but certainty means they will miss their brother’s funeral, and eventual burial.
This post is not to criticize them for such a harsh and self-fish decision but to point a subtlety that permeates all humans. This is the ability and quality to dedicate and focus for any cause they believe in and wish to reach the goal of.
Nothing will stand in the way of a person when he or she will believe, learn and see the potential benefits of a cause. The ability to be great and achieve amazing things in life is NOT only limited to some people and withheld from others. It is not a case of being special or achieving results based on lineage or pirage. This quality is in all, what must be done is to ensure these qualities are drawn out for good. It goes without saying, many of us are doubtful or even half-heartedly committed at best, for religious causes. Simply because we do not see the benefit or even, in some cases, believe in the mission, message or words of the cause of Islam. What the Toure brothers example presents is the notion of never-surrender, never doubt, syndrome. Which is when an idea settles in the heart and mind of a person he or she will never let anything misdirect or divert his attention. Death is a life changer, an oxymoron best suited for this instance. Many will leave, stop whatever they are doing and rightly so, in order to be with their loved ones in the final moments. However, it is also in these situations which brings out the ultimate dominant qualities in people. What predominates their lives most will play a part in what they do. Most will continue and carry on doing what they do, whilst others will stop, think and reflect deeply on their loss. The underlying thing to remember is It depends what this dedication is towards and to what.
In other news, this world cup brings a close to the international playing careers of Frank Lampard and most probably Steven Gerard, two of the more senior and experienced players in the England football team. There were other teams which also saw the end of international playing careers of worldwide known players. In short, the career of a football player is life. At max a person will get 30/40 years of full body health, strength and wealth. After that, it’s all downhill, the body starts to pack in, a pacy player is no longer pacy, gets tired quicker and can’t finish easy goals. So is life, body starts to lose its fine tunings.. The eyes begin to go, the hair starts to turn grey eventually white. Then eventually the career of life is up.