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Frankly speaking, this is not the time to ask the uncomfortable questions to Qatar about human rights By Terrance Mwedzi The biggest sporting spectacle in modern World - the FIFA World Cup is underway - this time in Qatar - an Islamic state. These are refreshing moments - I firmly believe-and this showpiece is totally different from previous tournaments. In contrast, it is the mere truth that Qatar won its solid bid to host the global football tournament in 2010 but has since received lots of criticism on the rights of workers, the LGBTQ community, and others. In recent days, the captains of some European teams had planned to wear the rainbow-coloured armbands as part of an anti-discrimination campaign but stopped after FIFA threatened disciplinary action. I do not want to lie but the European teams' behaviour have really shocked me. This is global football and people should be in Qatar to watch football - not to protest- or to challenge other people's cultures. That is very wrong in many ways. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); Frankly speaking, this is not the time to ask Qatar's uncomfortable questions about human rights.

Frankly speaking, this is not the time to ask the uncomfortable questions to Qatar about human rights

By Terrance Mwedzi
The biggest sporting spectacle in modern World – the FIFA World Cup is underway – this time in Qatar – an Islamic state.
These are refreshing moments – I firmly believe-and this showpiece is totally different from previous tournaments.
In contrast, it is the mere truth that Qatar won its solid bid to host the global football tournament in 2010 but has since received lots of criticism on the rights of workers, the LGBTQ community, and others.
In recent days, the captains of some European teams had planned to wear the rainbow-coloured armbands as part of an anti-discrimination campaign but stopped after FIFA threatened disciplinary action.
I do not want to lie but the European teams’ behaviour have really shocked me. This is global football and people should be in Qatar to watch football – not to protest- or to challenge other people’s cultures. That is very wrong in many ways.

 

Frankly speaking, this is not the time to ask Qatar’s uncomfortable questions about human rights. It is not untrue that homosexuality is illegal in Qatar – but it is too late to raise such secondary questions.
In this vein, it is time to focus on football only.
Furthermore – I may not agree with some of their laws- but I will support and respect their traditional culture – I will blame to death the people of Qatar if they allow their culture to be swept away by this ongoing global showpiece.
As we continue witnessing the 2022 World Cup tournament- I would to take this crucial moment to commend/salute the five African national teams namely – Senegal, Tunisia, Ghana, Morocco and Cameroon- which managed to qualify for this sporting jamboree. And as the picture shows – the fans here have been as colourful to the cause of football as everyone else.
It is not an easy road,  but I am hopeful that African teams will change football narratives- maybe not today or tomorrow but this will surely happen.
A lot of work needs to be done- and It is my burning desire to see African teams lifting World Cup trophies. Why is it difficult to do so? Why us? We need improvements in football spheres.

As I pen this piece, all African teams representing us at the World Cup tournament did not manage to register their first group game win, with the (Ghana)Black Stars being the first African nation to score a goal in the tournament. And Senegal became the first African nation to beat 3-1 the host nation- Qatar on Friday – only on the second game.
Honestly, this is refreshing but we are not yet out of the woods.
The future still looks bleak.
Morocco also have a great chance of progressing to the last 16 after avoiding defeat against the last World Cup’s finalists Croatia. They however still have to face a talented Belgium side, as well as Canada – and both teams are not pushovers.
Then Ghana’s defeat against Portugal on Thursday night was marred by bad officiating. I don’t understand why the referee Ismail Elfath, decided not to review Ronaldo’s penalty and offside goal by Rafael Leao incidents.
I can safely say that Ghana played well but were robbed on many fronts – that’s my humble view. My million-dollar question is why the officials did not use the VAR?
So VAR is not important when it comes to African teams? This is ridiculous. Something worthwhile must be done. Hopefully, the football Gods will answer our prayers. And we will not stop supporting African nations!

 

 

Terrence Mwedzi is an international award-winning Zimbabwean poet currently residing in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He writes to Digital Sunday Express in his own capacity and can be contacted at +27611370088 Email: moontafadzwa@gmail. com

 

 

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