Whilst watching one game I was befriended by a local, who I noticed had a small dark patch on the middle of his forehead, I thought nothing of this, at the time.
During conversation he asked if I knew about Allah, concentrating on the game I explained that I didn’t know about Islam. In response to this he turned to face me and made it clear that it was his job to tell me all I needed to know. Again that was easy – I was watching the match and didn’t need to know anything.
He wouldn’t let go.”You must know about Islam, what is you Pkv religion?” Still being serious at this stage I tried to explain that I was not religious, but he was having none of it. ”OK, I am an atheist, an agnostic.” He wouldn’t let it lie. At this time the Guinea fans were entering the Tunisian end and amusing everyone with their antics and colourful costumes. Joining in the hilarity I confessed, ”my religion is football”.
”OK, so do you know about Mohammed?”
“Mohammed, the prophet!”
”Profit. Yes I know he’s been to a few clubs over time, I’m sure a profit has been made.”
By now the Guinean fans were packed into our section and we were having to stand to follow the game. The section was overflowing but there was a carnival atmosphere. He looked distinctly worried by the scenes of chaos unfolding in front of him. Seconds later it began to rain, this quelled the crowd and sent some dashing for cover beneath the stand. He turned round once again and said “See Mohammed made it rain for safety”
”Do you have a mobile phone?” (A question I am often asked. )