Every class, team or club has one. Often referred to as the comedian or the court jester, these personalities often bring about laugher wherever they go, however, what sets Eddie Ntaka apart is his uncanny ability to bring an entire club together.
For Villager the arrival of Ntaka to the club in 2013 brought more than merely a good player, it heralded the arrival of a new tradition to Brookside, one that has proven to be the glue that has bonded the club together this season.
The addition of the after-match war cry called the Waasamesi was suggested by Ntaka at the end of 2013, although the players had little to celebrate, those remaining refused to let the circumstances define them. As a result of this the arrival of the new coaching staff and players were met with the beginnings of the ‘gees’ that has defined the 2014 season thus far.
As is often the case, the ideas that the players come up with themselves as result of their passion to create a better environment for them is more powerful than any coach led exercise designed to do the same. There is no substitute for, a player driven environment that brings about, a culture they themselves want to be a part of. As a result of this, the entire clubs players have bought into the Waasamesi and ‘Right Reasons’ culture..
The new tradition has taken such a hold of the club that often players from the other sides stay just to participate in what is fast becoming the most talked about point by the opposition coaches after games.
It is not often a single player can have such an effect on an entire club, however Ntaka’s personality on and off the field has ensured he is fast becoming the latest addition to the ‘movers and shakers’ in the history of our proud club.
“No matter the teams performance, no matter if we win or lose, we sing our song as a club, for we will remain a club through thick and thin.”