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Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

“We have qualified to the final match for peace; it is not time to make mistakes”

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By: Ricardo Tellez, FARC-EP

It has been an illusion for many years to see the National Football Team in the final of a World Cup. Imagine that to get to that instance we had to lose many games, we had many injured, downturns and - for decades - not even qualifying to the international competition.

But the dream of seeing one day Falcao, James, Cuadrado and all the boys raising the trophy is still alive, as if their arms interpreted the yearning of an entire country. The same occurs with Peace.

We have classified to the final match for peace; it is not time to make mistakes. We have to concentrate to play the perfect match. We have to cross the middle of the field, comply with the strategic plan so that the referee doesn´t pull out a card against us. We have to dodge in our defense the Constitutional Court and the Attorney General of the Nation. They’re not stupid at all. They consciously do everything they can to prevent the triumph of Peace, they want to score against our country.

Of course, if in the 18 yard area someone commits a foul, we must take advantage of the penalty. Look straight in the eyes of the traitorous goalkeeper, who from so much hatred hates his own country. That goalkeeper, who speaks ill of Colombia everywhere, stretches his arms wide open, and if he is unable to stop the ball from going in, he will explode with rage, watching a stadium full of clowns that only inhabit his imagination.

If they score against us, if the agreement is not complied with, the fans should put on the team’s shirts. Peace fans should take to the streets and encourage us to win this match. We must not remain silent before the referee; we must demand for the game’s rules to be respected. The physical and socioeconomic security guarantees are for us to celebrate peace in peace, without the threat that the rival gives us a fratricidal thrust, without a warmongering bad loser to ruin our party, which is that of all Colombians.

To this match we have arrived after a lot of suffering, we also made mistakes, but we put on a white shirt, we asked for forgiveness, we recognized our responsibilities and we made a commitment that, just like the "ball shouldn’t get stained"*, peace must not get stained.

Long live football! Viva Colombia! Long live the peace!

 

* “La pelota no se mancha”, [translation: the ball doesn´t/shouldn´t be/get stained] is a famous quote from Maradona in his retirement speech making reference to respecting the game and not criticizing the game as a whole because of his own personal life mistakes.

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