MANTALK: Holding back the years

A game of football played by a group of out-of-shape men offers hilarious lessons on life and ageing. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • These boys had age on their side. They ran faster than we could, and they keep running when we couldn’t. They never tired.
  • Even though we kicked the ball harder and more forcefully, they controlled the ball better, had cleaner passes and fell down less.
  • That’s another thing I discovered: I loved falling down. I realised on my first fall that I hadn’t fallen down in a long while.
  • There is something about falling down in adulthood; it’s humiliating.

A couple of men formed a WhatsApp group for us soccer fans to play a few games once in a while. We are talking about men in their mid to late 30s and very early 40s – chaps who exercise once in a while but drink alcohol often. It was a train waiting to derail.


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