The 2022 World Cup organised by FIFA was hosted by Qatar in colourful style. The mundial ended on the 18th of December, 2022 with Argentina clinching the trophy. Indeed, countries like Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Argentina presenting shocking lessons.
First, Qatar, the host, despite all the western world, adhered to her values, and culture. The Asian country also hit the media when she crowned Lionel Messi with a cloak which is a religious and cultural identity.
Qatar taught us that we must respect our identity and be bold enough in taking a stand no matter the degree of pressure.
On the other hand, Morocco, an African country, broke the jinx of being the first African country to reach the semi-finals. Morocco also forced coaches and managers from Spain, Brazil, and Portugal into early retirement.
The lesson is that your background should not hinder you from achieving your goals. With prayers, hard work, commitment, and dedication, you can soar high and be the pride of your country or continent. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE ANYONE.
Another lesson related to Morocco’s success was Saudi Arabia beating Argentina 2-1. However, the game demonstrated the adage “He Who Laughs Last, Laughs Best.” Argentina was mocked and ridiculed following her defeat by Saudi Arabia at the group stages. But the lion roared back and won the historic World Cup. The last time Argentina won the World Cup was a year before Lionel Messi was born.
In this life, it is not how well you start but how well you end. Don’t be distracted or demoralised by your current situation as it may be cooking you for the best in the future. Also, if someone is undergoing difficulties, do not laugh at him as God can change things within seconds.
Bilyaminu Gambo Kong-kol,
Bayero University, Kano