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01.04.2006 Football News

Abedi, Yeboah Recalled For World Cup!

Abedi, Yeboah Recalled For World Cup!
LISTEN APR 1, 2006

Accra: Ghana's World Cup preparations have gone up a notch higher with a decision to recall some of the national team's recent icons into active duty ahead of the World Cup. According to sources that would not want to be named at the moment, former Black Stars captain, Abedi Pele and talismatic striker, Anthony Yeboah are well on their way to staging comebacks into the starting line-up of the Stars as a way of beefing up the team with more experience.

According to the same sources, officials at the GFA, after in-depth studies of Coach Duya's team report on the Nations' cup, came to the conclusion that part of the reason for the failure of the team was the absence of relatively experienced stars in the national set-up, a shortcoming they would like to redress quickly ahead of the major tournament.

Besides, they are citing the example of Roger Milla who at 39 in 1990, came out of retirement to lead Cameroun's Indomitable Lions to a historic quarter-final performance.

It is believed that the new choices are going to spur controversies in certain circles, especially since an earlier decision to recall Sam Johnson has not been received with unanimity either. Phone calls to both Abedi and Yeboah to ascertain the news were not returned, at the time of going to press but we hope to update readers on this breaking story. The Secret behind Abedi & Yeboah's Recall Unlike most of the other nonfoolish holidays, the history of April Fool's Day, sometimes called All Fool's Day, is not totally clear. There really wasn't a "first April Fool's Day" that can be pinpointed on the calendar. Some believe it sort of evolved simultaneously in several cultures at the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring.

The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in 1582, in France. Prior to that year, the new year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25. The celebration culminated on April 1. With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved to January 1.

However, communications being what they were in the days when news traveled by foot, many people did not receive the news for several years. Others, the more obstinate crowd, refused to accept the new calendar and continued to celebrate the new year on April 1. These backward folk were labeled as "fools" by the general populace. They were subject to some ridicule, and were often sent on "fools errands" or were made the butt of other practical jokes.

This harassment evolved, over time, into a tradition of prank-playing on the first day of April. The tradition eventually spread to England and Scotland in the eighteenth century. It was later introduced to the American colonies of both the English and French. April Fool's Day thus developed into an international fun fest, so to speak, with different nationalities specializing in their own brand of humor at the expense of their friends and families.

In Scotland, for example, April Fool's Day is actually celebrated for two days. The second day is devoted to pranks involving the posterior region of the body. It is called Taily Day. The origin of the "kick me" sign can be traced to this observance.

Mexico's counterpart of April Fool's Day is actually observed on December 28. Originally, the day was a sad remembrance of the slaughter of the innocent children by King Herod. It eventually evolved into a lighter commemoration involving pranks and trickery.

Pranks performed on April Fool's Day range from the simple, (such as saying, "Your shoe's untied!), to the elaborate. Setting a roommate's alarm clock back an hour is a common gag. Whatever the prank, the trickster usually ends it by yelling to his victim, "April Fool!"

Practical jokes are a common practice on April Fool's Day. Sometimes, elaborate practical jokes are played on friends or relatives that last the entire day. The news media even gets involved. For instance, a British short film once shown on April Fool's Day was a fairly detailed documentary about "spaghetti farmers" and how they harvest their crop from the spaghetti trees.

April Fool's Day is a "for-fun-only" observance. Nobody is expected to buy gifts or to take their "significant other" out to eat in a fancy restaurant. Nobody gets off work or school. It's simply a fun little holiday, but a holiday on which one must remain forever vigilant, for he may be the next April Fool!