World Cup blues: Of crazy female fans and ongoing silent coup
3 months ago, 23 July 08:04
As we nurse world cup hangovers, a couple of observations were made during the tournament. At pubs, for instance, there were as many women as men, cheering their teams on. On TV and radio, we noticed that the number of female pundits and fans has also increased drastically.
One outstanding observation was, however, made by my friend at his local pub. After France scored the first goal against Croatia in the finals, a tipsy female fan lost her mind and undressed to her bra and began to twirl her France jersey, wailing: “I told you…I told you… I told you.”
All the while, she was dancing atop her seat, leaving the crowd of other fans in attendance both tickled and shocked. Interestingly, this is not an isolated case. More tales of almost similar fanatism have been reported elsewhere, with women losing their minds over football.
Upon deep scrutiny of these state of affairs, you notice there is a deep message being sent across: A female coup is happening and women are slowly but surely taking over not just nyama choma and pubs, but football, too, is almost gone!
Initially, like beer, soccer was a male bonding experience
Today, when men see a woman wearing a Barcelona FC T-shirt, celebrating a Kylian Mbappé goal with a Tusker in hand, they say nothing because that is the politically correct thing to do.
But deep inside, some feel their private space has been violated. In the bar, a bespectacled, bearded man with an unsightly potbelly can undress to his underwear and scream his lungs out without feeling embarrassed and can be forgiven for “just having fun”.
But the whoops of delight, like we experienced in the just concluded World Cup, come from women these days. It was a female fan who invaded the pitch during the just concluded final between France and Croatia to ‘hi five’ French striker, Mbappe. Many now seem more knowledgeable about sports, cars, beer, cigarettes and roast meat than the average man.
“The age of explaining off-sides and dead balls to women is long gone. These days, women are very much at home picking a football team’s first eleven, who should be substituted and which new player should be bought. Apart from the salon, their weekend plan is very similar to that of an average man
It is a far cry from our mothers’ days when woman stayed at home, knitting, sewing, cooking, cleaning, gossiping and plaiting their hair while waiting patiently for mzee- whom they treated like a king- to come home from work.
From these observations, it’s safe to say that Kenya’s modern woman is no longer the coy, subservient tea-loving, church going female of old, but a soccer addicted, meat-eating, beer-guzzling she-man, who has invaded male territory.
The running joke in Nairobi is that unlike in the past when women used to cook like their mothers, nowadays they drink and sleep around like their fathers. In fact, the joke goes, many have become duplicates of the very men their mothers warned them against ...
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