My big project, Finishing the Ward 4 AMICAALL/Nhlangano Town Council Social Center, the PCPP


Peace Corps Partnership Proposal (PCPP) with the Nhlangano Town Council (NTC)

First application draft submitted Feb, 2011
Approved & Funding Begins on PC website May 17th
Construction started on Oct 24th.
All exterior construction done by Dec 20th.
Grand Opening Jan 5th, 2012
Round 2 of the Funding arrives in early January.
Interior Only Construction Restarts Jan 16th.
Construction all done Feb 16th (minus a million tiny To Do's)
Project Officially Closed May 4th, 2012

Let the children play, learn & be safe.

As of Aug 25th, 2012, I am no longer a PCV, I am now RPCV (Return Peace Corps Volunteer). This blog is my experience in Swaziland between June of 2010 & Aug of 2012. Enjoy.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Game #25 11-9-4 43 points

All at once.

Well, I guess the messed up shit that the team keeps doing finally came to a head. And stupid loss.

So the game is shifted from Sat in the afternoon to Sun at 11:00 AM, again. See it really is a on purpose. Although, they changed the game because at the "stadium" where we normally play. All of the unions that were recently involved in the Uprising have joined together to from a Congress of the Unions which effectively gives all of the unions one voice in talking to the government. A great step in the Peaceful uprising that is happening here in Swaziland, and as in the rest of the world very internet/Facebook/Twitter driven.

Back to the game. So the night before was a big Sat party. So of course most of the players partied hard until late, by the way drinking places don't close at 2AM, So at right around 10Am the first player shows up, no uniforms, they slowly start to trickle in we get 8 the limit to play at about 10:30, no uniforms, my counterpart Dennis is on the case, the Treasurer is sitting with the team drinking as Dennis runs around trying to solve the issues of the day. He finds out that the uniforms are at the President of the teams house and he is there NOT, NOT bringing them over. So Dennis flags down a car driving by and goes and gets the uniforms and show up at 11:00, we are going to be late to the game. The players change, my sweeper is there and chooses not to put on the uniform cause he is to drunk, we win/play great when he is in the game and play like shit when he isn't, I am so mad by this point I send him home. (He does come to watch the game.) Last week Red carded player is also sitting on the bench, so that is out of my 4 main defenders. OUT.

So we arrive at the game 15 minutes late, and lucky we beat the other team. So no fine. The team barely warms up, doesn't even seem to care. Its cause they are all pretty much hungover. And my star forward showed up as the Khumbi was pulling out, which always means those players don't start.

So the defense is a disaster 2 players are guys that showed up that haven't played in months. And the sweeper is playing and not listening to the coaches and plays to far forward. The stopper is a player I would never play there. If I had anywhere near the full team. In the first half the midfield makes a bad pass and the other team scores a good goal off an obvious mistake.

The entire team is playing like crap and my main forward is on the bench. So at half time I switch several players around to make the defense stronger and put him in.

A whole out of nothing happens and we allow another stupid goal off a mistake that this team rarely makes when they on their game.

A loss to a team we beat 4 to 1 in November.

After the game I screamed at the team and then I screamed at the President of the team to go fire himself. For the bullshit with the uniforms.

Frankly, on this day the team was uncoachable. And of course I get the blame for the loss. At least everyone knows that all of the players where out partying.


1 comment:

  1. Ah, frustration ... ya' put your heart and soul into a dream, and it crashes. Argh ... take a deep breath ... soon you travel!