Diary of Jordan, Day 10

By Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam

Oh My! I woke up late. I mean, really late. Like 9:49am late for a 9:30am class.

And I still cannot believe the way, my confused self-sprang out of bed and into the bathroom. But I was already too late to remedy the situation.

Then I remembered I slept with a bad headache - I could still feel it a little bit. And also remembered that my sleepy hand had turned off my alarm at 7:45am.

While I hurriedly dressed up, Sonja came to find out what the matter was. I wasn't the only one who was not yet in class at that time. My roommate Paloma was still in bed, her own problem was her stomach.

When I went down, thank goodness it was coffee break. So I didn't have to get that "all eyes on me" look.

But I was told I had missed getting a Paraguayan prize for the stand-up I did yesterday.

As the spirit leads, there are sometimes rewards for correct answers to questions or outstanding performances and I just missed mine. The prizes were donated by Fatima from Paraguay.

FIFA Director of Women's Competitions, Tatjana Haenni, was our special guest for the day. And for over one hour, she told us about herself, her sojourn into TV for a while, and her dedication to the development of women's football through her job with FIFA and many other ways. I took a photo with her afterwards and I felt good with myself.

After class, I was assigned to Zarqa. The place where Nigeria played out a goalless draw with England. This time it would be Jordan vs New Zealand (Group A) and Germany vs Cameroon (Group B).

Our lunch was packed, but unlike previous times, these ones were bulging out underneath, only for us to realise that the tomato and cucumber that they used to slice and put in a foiled plate, was left uncut and in a nylon this time.


Anyways, before the matches, we met with FIFA Television, Commentator, John Helm who had come to visit us on Wednesday and we saw his book where he wrote lots of information he needed for his commentary. Just as he had told us when he visited, there were at least two new pieces of information for every player of the teams playing.

Already I had been told I would work on the press conference between Germany and Cameroon, so while the game between Jordan and New Zealand was going on, I was already putting out my line of thought for my article.

New Zealand were having all the fun on the pitch and scoring all the goals as they recorded their first win since 2008. For 'Or-don', by the way their fans have been awesome. Even in defeat their support is overwhelming. New Zealand beat Jordan 5-0. Then Germany defeated Cameroon 2-0 to progress to the quarter-finals.

After the Press Conference between Germany and Cameroon, we headed back to the hotel where we told our farewells to our mentor Riccardo who will be leaving us at about 7:30 in the morning.

I've gotten so used to him being the "bad guy" that I no longer see him as such.

Always there to push you beyond your comfort zone and make sure you are always on your toes. I surely would miss him.

Meanwhile our new mentor, Martin Mazur from Argentina and our fellow Young reporter from Japan, Masamichi Oshima had both arrived.


We were able to say 'hello' to Martin, but we were told Masa was in his room resting.
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