When off-sea­son is ‘Jan­uary dis­ease’

The Manica Post - - Sport -

ES­TEEMED fol­low­ers of the game of foot­ball, thank you for find­ing time for in­ter­ac­tion.

Jan­uary is now barely two weeks old. This is the month that has earned no­to­ri­ety for be­ing blighted by the af­flic­tion of pen­ni­less­ness - famed as ‘Jan­uary dis­ease.’ Dur­ing this gru­elling pe­riod most of us get to en­dure the an­guish that comes and goes with the hang­over of our ex­trav­a­gance over the du­ra­tion of the pre­ced­ing hol­i­days’ fes­tiv­i­ties only the pre­vi­ous month.

While we lived high and lav­ish dur­ing De­cem­ber, we wal­low low in Jan­uary.

The gnaw­ing tor­ture of this pe­riod’s penury im­pales our pock­ets.

Fam­ily pro­vi­sions, ren­tals, school fees, util­ity bills and a plethora of other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties starkly stare us right in the face, glumly ask­ing to be duly taken care of.

Now, sim­i­lar­i­ties can be drawn be­tween ‘Jan­uary dis­ease’ and off-sea­son - that pe­riod when there is a lull in the pop­u­lar game. Dur­ing a foot­ball sea­son’s sub­sis­tence, fod­der for top­ics to dis­cuss on this column eas­ily flour­ishes; but no so in such times as these.

In spite of that respite in the game, we still have a moral obli­ga­tion of pro­vid­ing you with sub­stan­tial sub­stance to di­gest in this space.

Even as there is not much ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the off-sea­son, save for player move­ment and changes in the tech­ni­cal set-up, Fri­day Foot­ball Echoes scav­enge con­tent for our avid read­ers’ con­sump­tion. We can­not af­ford to dis­ap­point in this re­gard, but keep de­liv­er­ing.

Faced with such a bar­ren spell, still we get pro­duc­tive. Our steril­ity knows nei­ther in­fer­til­ity nor fu­til­ity.

But just as Jan­uary is only but a month, we even­tu­ally drag our­selves out of its doom and gloom. And so shall it be with the off-sea­son, a term for whose ‘dis­ease’ we al­ways find a cure.

The sun sets on ev­ery­thing. Also, form is tem­po­rary and class is per­ma­nent.

Mean­while, just as the month of Jan­uary and the off-sea­son are syn­ony­mous with be­ing thrifty, we also get to play along and be fru­gal with our writ­ing.

It’s Game On, Play On!

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