BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Entertainment  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 17:48 GMT 18:48 UK
Poetic tribute to England clash
Beckham
Beckham will lead England in the clash
Nigerian-born novelist Ben Okri has written a poem to mark the England World Cup match with his mother country on Wednesday.

Okri, who lives in London, wrote the poem after being asked by the Evening Standard.

Ben Okri
Ben Okri won the Booker in 1991
The poem eulogises the team ethic and the endeavours of mastering the beautiful game.

England need only a draw against Nigeria, who are already out of the tournament, to qualify for the second round.

The writer, who won the Booker Prize in 1991 for his novel The Famished Road, has refused to predict a winner of the game.

'Draw'

He told the newspaper: "I'm not taking sides. I'm going to be a Venutian on the day.

"But if I weren't a Venutian I would prefer a draw."

The poem in full:

The game is what it's all about,
Let's give it our best shout.
Everywhere else they're losing the plot,
But the mystery of the game is all we've got.
And so play the game with a happy soul,
Mastering the game is the true goal.
All it takes is the wisdom of one, not eleven,
And we can live as if in heaven.


arrow
 MEN'S FINAL PREVIEW
Ronaldo won the World Cup and the Golden Boot
 LINEKER'S VERDICT
Gary Lineker

See also:

15 Jun 01 | Entertainment
11 Jun 02 | Nigeria v England
11 Jun 02 | Nigeria v England
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Entertainment stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Entertainment stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes