AAF (Asaph Academy of Football) Loses A Match To A Small Rival
AAF lost a game in December. It doesn’t happen often. The AAF soccer team made one of its longer trips last Fall…to La Colline. There, the team played on a field they had never seen, they played against a very strong team, and they won. In December, AAF hosted a small team from close by, a team from up in the mountains north of Pasbwadòm. The game was played on AAF’s home field.
In Haiti, there’s a saying about how any team can beat any team on any given day. They say : « The ball is round. You don’t know where it’ll go. » That is the beauty of sports. That is why you play games.
On Sunday December 6th, AAF took the field with every intention of logging another win. It did not happen. The Bassin Caiman team played well from the start. There were few shots on goal. For the second half, the AAF coach replaced the younger goalie with the team’s first-string goalie. Minutes later there was a breakaway, and Bassin Caiman put the ball in the net. It was a great goal. AAF tried to equalize. At one point, it was the goal post that kept it from happening. The final whistle blew, and AAF had lost.
Losses are important. Losses are good. Our team is struggling to stick together after losses. It happened in the summer of 2019. After a win, we are tight. After a loss, there is a wide distance that creeps in among the team members. The players on the team have learned to win. We are working with them on how to lose. It is all part of the big “game” we call life.
Missionary in Haiti.