Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Even the best of them lose big.

I was excited to take a little break from work on April 10th, 2007 to watch a little soccer or as some would call it football. The game was between two historically excellent teams in Manchester United and AS Roma. Trailing 2-1 from the first meeting of the sides in Italy last week, Sir Alex Ferguson's side needed to score at least once on home soil to set up a last four meeting with either AC Milan or Bayern Munich. Boy did Man. U unleash their goal feast as they went on to produce a magnificent seven-goal performance to blow AS Roma away and overturn a first-leg deficit to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. Great! Fantastic to all those who love their team from old trafford but what came to my mind was the time when the Eritrean national teams had many goals scored on them. I guess sometimes even the best of them lose big. Hopefully Eritrea will be more prepared for Angola in June when they play in Asmara. I also hope that Eritrea will use two European based players and 5 other Eritrean players based in Sudan and Yemen respectively as an additional value to the already strong national team that defeated Kenya and also tied Swaziland. Eritrea's chances are still good and I don't see why they will not be able to advance to the Adult African nations Cup. Good luck and Viva Eritrea. Mike Seium

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Zeresenai Tadesse the humble Athlete.

My favorite athletes are always those who are very modest. The ones who are always proud of their background despite their status as internationally recognized athletes. I can name a few who are on my list in various sports from different parts of the world. Like Pele, Michael Jordan, Arthur Ashe etc... Last week at the IAAF world cross country championships, I became convinced that there is a new star being born and what makes it sweeter is that he is an Eritrean. He congratulated all of us Eritreans when asked how it feels to be a champion after upsetting another veteran world champion who beat him during the Greece Olympics in the 10,000 meter race.

“I just feel very happy and proud for all Eritreans,” the personable Tadesse said, just minutes after he was mobbed by a ecstatic group of fans who had traveled to Mombasa with hopes of witnessing what was previously deemed impossible.

As most of us know Zeresenai is a cyclist turned runner. He has only been running seriously since 2002. With his recent string of successes, He has been an inspiration to many Eritreans. He is the biggest star of the national running team that also took a surprising second place at the youth level in both men and women's competition and a respectable fourth place in the adult division.

“I just feel very happy and proud for all Eritreans,”

In the past couple of years Zeresenai's famous picture with him holding high the Eritrean flag around him at the Athens Olympics can be seen all over the place. You can see it on personal Cellphones, Computer screen savers, You tube video highlights just to name a few. His bronze medal in the 10,000m at the 2004 Olympic Games was the first ever Olympic medal of any kind for Eritrea and will forever be engraved in our heads. Then came his World Road Running title in Debrecen last October which was was the Eritrea's first global title in any sport, and in Mombasa he brought home the biggest joy as he dominated his race from start to finish.

Thank you Zersenai for your hard work but most of all for representing those who fought and died so that we can all be proud of Eritrea.

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