Take Kubo, at AS: “I will have a place at Real Madrid”

first_imgIf not for the coronavirus, Take Kubo (18 years old) would play this Sunday with Mallorca at the Bernabéu, an appointment that he had in red on his calendar. It is not what the same plan is said, but in exchange the Japanese chat with AS about how he lives confinement, how his signing for Madrid or his transfer was forged, among other topics. What are you learning?Much, especially in games, which is where you learn the most, both in attack and defense. It is helping me to grow a lot and I hope to continue doing so.In which position do you feel most comfortable?It depends on the team’s game, but in Mallorca I am almost always on the right wing and I feel very comfortable, although my ideal position is in the attacking midfielder, to be able to receive between the lines and start dribbles from there, pass, shoot and such things. My main quality is that, receiving between the lines and starting to do things. That would be ideal, but I also feel very comfortable on the right. His irruption surprised on the tour. What did his classmates and Zidane say to him?Many people helped me adapt and be able to get the best out of myself as quickly as possible. All the companions treated me well. The coaching staff too and, above all, Zidane. Not only me: he is a coach who is attentive to details. I was wondering a lot of things.Do you have contact with any Madrid player?Especially with Lunin. We got along very well in the preseason and now we are both on loan. He is in Oviedo and I watch his games when I can. We talk a lot through the networks.Do you think you had a place in Madrid?It all depends on me and I will have a place in Madrid. Right now I am in Mallorca to give my best and to demonstrate that I can be there and that I can compete.Do you see yourself prepared for that moment?It is clear that a club like Madrid is not the same as the rest. They are all top level players and it is very difficult to earn a place there, but I will keep working and wait for an opportunity. When I have it, I will not waste it.Why Mallorca and not Castilla or another club?In the preseason I was able to play with soccer players at the top of soccer and against others also top, and there I did more than I thought. That led me to think that I would have the possibility to play in First Division. Mallorca showed a lot of interest, they trusted me. At Castilla Raúl treated me very well and was very comfortable, but this offer came to me and I did not want to waste it. I don’t know him in person, but he is a reference for many young people who want to be footballers, and also for ready-made players. When I was little I watched his videos. He is a great soccer player. It is a reference for me and for many left-handers who are not very tall and whose main characteristics are dribbling and good ball handling. Messi is on top of that.How do you remember the preseason with Madrid?At first I was a little nervous about having world famous players by the first level of soccer. But I adapted little by little, everyone welcomed me well and I was able to learn a lot from them. “I had the great possibility of choosing a team and I chose Real Madrid” Have you decided what to do next year?Not yet, nothing. I do not know if this will resume and there are 11 games, months to decide. My preference is clear: to be able to play at the Bernabéu with the Madrid shirt. That’s what I’m learning for now.What is your dream?Being a great footballer and being able to do great things with Madrid. Also with Japan.What message would you send to Real Madrid?First of all, I send a lot of encouragement to all the families affected by the coronavirus in these sad moments. And to the Real Madrid fans I would say that I was looking forward to the moment of being able to play for the first time at the Bernabéu, although my real dream is to do it dressed in white and I will do my best to achieve it. “Zidane, above all, treated me very well. He is a coach who is attentive to details” Going back a year. When did you know that Madrid was serious about you?We knew that there were different interests of clubs, but both my family, my agents and I did not want to know anything until the age of majority because I had already had the sanction. When I turned 18, on June 4, Madrid said they wanted to come to Japan, they visited me right away and that was a very nice touch.What factors declined the balance in favor of Madrid?First, the sports plan for the future that they had designed for me. It was very exciting, it was great. Then come to Japan to show it to me and explain it face to face. And it also said a lot that a club as big as this put that great interest in me.How did you feel when you met Florentino Pérez?It impressed me, but then you realize that in Madrid they immediately treat you as if you were one of the family, and that caught my attention.As a child he played for Barcelona. Do you feel like a Real Madrid player now?The first thing I have to say is that I am very grateful to Barcelona, ​​as well as to FC Tokio, who welcomed me after the sanction, to Yokohama Marinos, to whom I was transferred half a season, and now to Mallorca. Also to all the players, all the coaches and all the people who raised me and helped me to become who I am. When I was of legal age, I had the great possibility of choosing a team and I chose Real Madrid because of that interest in me. I am very grateful to them. And now I am very Madridista. Messi was his example. Did you have a deal with him? Today, Real Madrid-Mallorca would be played, which would have been his first game at the Bernabéu. Was it your appointed day of the season?The truth is that I really wanted to. All the games are important to me, but this one was very special.What feelings does the Bernabéu awaken in you?I haven’t played there yet, but I’m really looking forward to it. Starting to warm up and look up with 85,000 people must be very motivating. You can’t play bad there, it’s impossible.So let it be played again, right?Right now I just think this will calm down as quickly as possible. Health is the most important thing there is.How are you doing in confinement?Well not very well because I, like all players, live for football, which is our great passion. Obviously, that’s why it costs. But the club gives us a job so we can do it at home and that keeps us fit and entertained.What is a normal day like in your life now?I get up at 08:30 and do a three-minute heart rate test that the club passes us. Then breakfast and at 10:00, those of us have preventive work. At 11:00 we begin the exercises as a team, in groups of four or five and a coaching staff to get closer through a video call. At 12:15 we finish, but I do a little individual work, I take a shower and at 13:30 I eat. Until 15:30 or 16:00 is my free time, I watch a series or read. After that I start to work again, with the ball above all. At 18:00 I go to shower, I even get in the bath, I have dinner and before 23:00 or so I am in bed. “My real dream is to play at the Bernabéu dressed in white”last_img read more

A Deceiver’s End

first_img“Jesus’ shed blood should cover you.” It was the voice of Apostle Edward Somah, his face tense, teeth held together, his two hands clutched the holy writ in a room with other members who continued to shout for joy during a revival to deliver a woman who had been under the control of powers beyond human control.“This is the day the Lord has made,” Apostle Somah shouted, his body shaking violently. It had been two hours now since the deliverance began.Apostle Somah moved back and forth, his teeth held together, his voice booming and echoing in the distance.“Lord, this woman is under the influence of the enemy,” he said, his hands trembling, the entire edifice shaking to its foundation. “We cannot allow the devil the chance to win.”“Amen! Lord may you show your power,” the almost thirty five members of both sexes, chosen for the occasion, responded in a chorus. “This is our time, and this is your time.”The four-room shack turned into a meeting place of the Holy Redeemer’s Church sat at the crossroad of Sopoh and Union Streets, outside Monrovia.Elizabeth Woyee, being delivered by the church, had sowed seeds in Apostle Somah, and was practically broke. The promised deliverance out of her predicament never happened and this deliverance seemed to be the end of her trust in those claiming to be messengers of God.Apostle Somah had insisted that heaven’s work was slow but sure. Having been under a curse for the last eight years, Elizabeth Woyee had become the joke of women she had disagreed with on flimsy issues. Her presence at Apostle Somah’s church was the last to allow some men of God to take her for a ride. Her husband of ten years had left her and she was at the end of her wits. The gospel song, ‘Lord, give me a new day,’ was her best companion.Behind her back, she was referred to as ‘a witch,’ and some had been brave enough to point fingers at her. She had had to live with the humiliation, and it had forced her to weep on many occasions. In a community where everyone seemed to know each other, Madam Woyee could not remedy her suffering.A day before she began her ordeal under the authority of Apostle Somah, the twenty seven-year-old apostle who seemed to have more problems than what the woman was facing, had asked her, “You must confess and sow seeds in the Lord.”The apostle had tasted extensive travel in several West African countries and had been successful with material things, that he claimed came from God. After six years of self-imposed economic exile, he decided to return home to live with the garb of God.While in Ghana, he was blessed with overflowing abundance of human beings interested in the work of God. The difficulty in life created conditions in which the Almighty was looked upon for help in every endeavor, while the devil was blamed for all misdeeds, unintentional and deliberate ones, of course.With fasting and prayers, Apostle Somah had been able to lead many of the sick back to health; those who claimed to have been possessed by demons had been cured, and on several occasions, when jesters had protested against his miracles, he had quoted from the bible the portion that suggested that those who believed would even move mountains.Many had made testimonies, to confirm the apostle’s abiding faith in the Lord.It was Ghana that his fame as a man of God and a miracle maker gained considerable ground, and his church grew with the damned coming in their numbers to be saved from the impending doom that they saw awaiting them in the hereafter. But he had had some misfortunes that resulted in the losses and even deaths of several women who had entrusted their future into his hands.Now that he was back in the land of his birth, and now that he had come across many of the damned, Apostle Somah felt sorry for them. At crusades where he was besieged by those whose lives had been torn apart by witches and personal enemies, Apostle Somah had stood up for them and had gained considerable material success, for many had sowed seeds with personal but useful items. His belief is that there is joy in the house of the Lord.Many had wondered what Jesus or God would do with a personal computer, a television or a mobile phone, but his servant, Apostle Somah had said that the Lord’s servant should not be deprived of the necessities of life, because sowing seeds in the Lord’s vineyard was tantamount to taking care of the Lord, and would often quote: “I was hungry, and you looked after me, I was sick and you cured me,” which went well with his audience.Now, as Apostle Somah looked down over Elizabeth Woyee, tears dripping onto his chest, his mind on that wonderful scene when the Lord Jesus wept upon hearing of the death of his friend Lazarus, his dear friend and child of God.“I am a sinner,” Elizabeth Woyee told the man of God. The apostle then lifted his head and looked into the heavens, as if for some spiritual support, when the woman added, “It’s been hard on me.”“I know,” the apostle said, “but I am seeing a revelation about some dark moments in your life and about a woman that I think is your sister.”“My sister,” she said, and she began to cry, “I am guilty for causing her death.”“The Lord is aware of your deeds,” the apostle said, “it is true you have said you killed your sister and now you are bearing the burden.”“Yes,” she said, her head bowed in shame, tears filling her eyes, “I have not found life easy. There are more problems daily.”“I know,” the apostle said, “now the Lord can heal you.” After her confession, the chance was open for her salvation from the abyss.She was thereafter accepted by the church and the next day Apostle Somah began the process of invoking his Lord to free her from the curse, and what the apostle said was hanging overhead. The apostle, supported by his church members, began to invoke God’s mercy upon her. The woman collapsed and shook involuntarily. One moment her body would lift from the floor and dangled in mid air, and the next moment, it would move towards the members, who were singing and praising the Lord. “Ebalalalalalllllalalalalalalalala,” Apostle Somah chanted repeatedly, beads of perspiration formed on his brow. “Ebalalalalalalalallalalalalalalallalalal.”“Amen,” the members cried in unison.“I command you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,” the apostle shouted, as if to someone before him, “to release this woman and let the Lord’s will be done.” But as the man of God ordered the spirit to leave the woman’s body, she would respond in a man’s voice. The apostle would then spring a sizeable amount of holy water on her, and the trembling would suddenly cease.This went on for two hours, and it was evident that the apostle would continue the battle till victory was won, or he would accept defeat. The Holy Redeemer’s Church had lately won the hearts of people in the area as a representative of the true God, and Apostle Somah had been credited for casting out demons, spells and other ailments that had baffled medical science.Now he must fight to deliver this woman under the devil’s control. The success of the deliverance would make Apostle Somah. But believing in the works that had been entrusted into his hands, Apostle Somah knew his personality, wrapped up in calmness and faith, would only survive after he had subdued the enemy.Though it had been two hours since the prayers began, there were signs that the Lord was answering his request, and the devil or the enemy in the woman’s life was being defeated.After a continuous back and forth movement, incantations and repeated instructions of, “Holy Ghost fire” and “I beseech thee…I beseech thee,” the woman at last lay calm, and her breathing began to soar higher and higher to the delight of all present.Apostle Somah said, in a mild prayer, “Lord, for eight years this soul has been under the control of the devil. Now is the day you have made to let the devil know that you’re the king of the world.”“Amen,” the congregation said in chorus, “Our Lord is able.”Then a woman raised a popular song of the church, her voice shrill and picking up power, echoed the popular hymn:“He didn’t have to do it, but he did…” and the rest of the congregation responded. The drums beat and hands clapped for thanksgiving.There was a shout from a woman above the echoes of the others and the apostle, who had momentarily moved away from the patient, rushed to her assistance, reciting some verses from the holy writ. The bible was still clutched in his right hand, and a rosary of a cross, which had hung around his neck, now dangled on his left hand.His face registered what could be described as pain, but it was evidently clear that he was communing with forces beyond the power of men. And he was almost beside the woman when he began to recite, “Owawawawawa….”It was then that a scuffle at the entrance to the church was noticed, and three men, possibly plain clothed police officers, entered the building. After some difficulties, they got the apostle’s attention and sought an audience with him. Apostle Somah, after approaching the Lord in prayers, raised the popular song, “Papa Lord da you ooo…” before informing the congregation the tragedy that had befallen him before the three men took him away in handcuffs.In was reported in local newspapers the next day that a notorious self-styled man of God had been nabbed by police officers in Monrovia. The arrested man of God, the news said, was wanted in several West African countries for the deaths of several women. He was also accused of making away with several thousands of dollars.The name of the alleged man of God was Apostle Edward Somah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more