My Super Falcons Diary, Day 5: So Cameroonians really eat unripe plantain?

L-R Olowokere Busayo, Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam, a fan, Faith Oluchi, Tobi Adepoju, Sam Ahmadu
By Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam

It was a really cold night because of the heavy rain that fell while we slept. Nonetheless, I woke up at about 9am, feeling a lot refreshed.

Between 10 am and 1:30pm, I finished up my diary of day three and four, visited Facebook and Twitter, ate breakfast - bread, scrambled eggs and tea.

Faith and Carine had gone to the market in between, so when they came back, I joined them in the kitchen.

It was dinner we were fixing, because Carine's sister had already promised to host us for lunch. And Plantain Porridge was the meal to be prepared. So I helped to cut the ripe bunch to small cube sizes, while Faith handled the unripe.

When I was done, I faced onions, before chopping the 'ugu' leaves needed for the food.

While we were at it, Mr. Wisdom's (Carine's brother) wife, stepped in. She said it was break time at the bank where she works. She asked us what we wanted to cook and we told her. To satisfy her curiosity of how it is prepared, Faith did the honours.

By this time, Tobi and Busayo had come from Limbe. They want to relocate to Buea. Some minutes to the Super Falcon's evening training, they - alongside Sam - left for the Buea Molyko Stadium where the training would take place. Mr. Moses, Faith, Carine and I, joined them some minutes later.

Desire Oparanozie seemed like she was still struggling to be match-fit. She did not partake in the full training session, however coach Florence Omagbemi in an interview with journalists after the session said Oparanozie will have her opportunity to play, like the other players in the team.

After training, we all went to visit Carine's elder sister, whose house is opposite the University of Buea.

She served boiled unripe plantain and huckleberry with beef for dinner. Faith, Carine and I did not even see the meal, not to talk of eating, because we left the house almost immediately and went to the Super Falcons hotel which is located in one of the coldest areas of the South West region.

I can't really tell how the discussion started, but the driver of the cab we entered claimed that international calls to Nigeria were cheap. Faith and I exclaimed and started narrating our ordeal. I had recharged with CFA 1000 and it was gone in three minutes of talking with my mum. I don't even trust data subscription either.

After the Cameroonian driver realized we were Nigerians, he said "you people are going to take the cup". We hailed him first and asked him why he thought so and he added, "I like the way you play. You play good football.

"But your players need to adjust they are too fat. They will meet Cameroon in the final and Cameroon are very swift," he concluded.

The driver, who was live at the stadium on Sunday, went on to express his love for Nigeria's "number 6", who happens to be left back, Ngozi Ebere. She came in as substitute for Ugo Njoku in the second half of the 6-0 victory over Mali.

We were at the hotel reception by the time the Super Falcons were going to have dinner. As they walked past in small groups, the players first and then officials, coach Florence Omagbemi recognised me and reminded me that she still had the photo we took together at the final of the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup in Jordan.

Soon, Carine and I left Faith behind at the hotel. Carine said she would come back for Faith. So we went back to her elder sister's house, ate our share of the huckleberry meal and took some for Faith.


Back at the house, while Carine went back to the Super Falcons hotel for Faith, I had to cook quick jollof rice for Mr. Moses, who didn't want to eat plantain porridge. And I can still feel the effect of the pepper I chopped as I type this.
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