you guess the reason I left work very early on Tuesday, October 31st’
I left before the stipulated closing time because I needed to get home early
enough for the UEFA Champions League return match between AS Roma and Chelsea.
I missed the first leg two weeks ago in Stamford Bridge because I closed very
late and I had to watch the actions on YouTube. I could not forgive myself for
the poor result because I believe my team cannot go 1-goal behind from 2-goals
ahead if I had watched the match live. “They can never disappoint me to my face!” I thought.

Moving swiftly on, I got
home at some minutes pass 7 and I had to rush over dinner, my team will be
playing any minute from now and I must see the starting 11, my team’s
formation, our first goal and so on. I was rushing to Mayowa’s viewing
center because I prefer to watch this type of match in public viewing centers; it is
more fun. You have fans/supporters of your rival clubs present to mock you in
case things go awry. I do not like Man U and Arsenal fans, I hate Liverpool
fans too. I remember the humiliations I suffered when we lost to Manchester
City, Burnley and Crystal Palace earlier in the season. It was hell. “
Another reason I prefer to watch the game in
Mayowa’s Viewing
? you have like-minds in the same place.

In consequence, I was
seriously rushing to my favorite location when I bumped into Mayowa – my
primary school friend who doubles as the Viewing Center’s CEO. He told me that
the time has been postponed by an hour and it is 8:45pm Nigerian time and I had
to rush back home to answer the call of nature which I had previously neglected
because I was rushing to the viewing center.

So, I got there about 8
minutes after the kick-off and I noticed Chelsea was trailing by 1-0. It must
be a defensive error, a penalty or whatever. “My team will fight to the end” – I told myself. As time went
by, I noticed that the other team were more organised and better determined but
who can I complain to? the next guy is an Arsenal fan, I cannot wash my dirty
laundry in public, so I decided to keep it to myself. The second goal came, and
I was like; “who say make I come here
I started thinking of Abiodun (A Liverpool fan in my office), Mr.
Moses (a Man U fan in my office) and my other colleagues that will be glad of
my team’s downfall. “God, please
help my team o
” I started praying silently. The crazy thing about
defeat is; the defeat is not as painful and disheartening as the mockery,
inhumane treatments and other derogatory comments of other football club’s
fans. One other thing, Man U was leading.

Conclusively, it ended
3-nill in favour of AS Roma and I ended the night in pain. “How will I face these guys tomorrow? I
boasted that we will crush them like Manchester City crushed Liverpool and they
have crushed us like Liverpool crushed Arsenal. God, why have you forsaken me
and my team? I thought you were a Chelsea fan
“. I was thinking as I
was dragging my feets home, they felt so heavy. “Truth be told, Chelsea met a better team and they wanted victory more
than we did
“. I must be honest. I got to work the next day and the
first person I saw was Mr. Moses (that Man United fan I do not like) “Good Morning Mr. Moses, please can we not
talk about football? Okay, we can talk about football, but we cannot talk about
what happened last night
” I demanded.

God Bless Chelsea, God
Bless Chelsea Fans

Olusanya, Oluwole Sheriff
Oluwole Olusanya
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.