Sunday, July 22
We finally kicked off the camp on a beautiful day !!
Nice temperature and clear skies and a lot of enthusiasm.
Today we participated in the International 4 v 4 festival and played games against camp team and other teams of ethnic origin. As expected, there were some interesting and exciting games.
In the opening game of the day, the Dutch team of 4, jumped out to a 3-0 advantage over a top group of local players only to give up 4 goals to lose 4-3. The other Dutch team also lost its opening game to another group of local players. In the next game for the Dutch teams, the intensity increased and it was all to play for. The day ended with the Dutch teams winning a few more than losing, so all in all, it was a good day for all.
Following the games, everyone went in ti the theater to hear a moving speech from Gilbert Tuhabonye, a genocide survivor and an Olympic marathon hopeful from Burubdi, in Africa. His mesage was one of hope and forgiveness.
Monday will be the first official day of training with 3 sessions during the day and evening.
The weather is expected to be comfortable and the players seem anxious for more.
It was a long day for the staff as well with registration, games, speech and review and evaluation. we are looking forward to another competitive and challenging day on Monday.
As one of the responses said, 'it will be dutch soccer experience versus American spirit of competition.' We saw a lot of that today. The Dutch players seem to be adjusting rather well to the new surroundings.