So in most other countries of the world, there is electricity. But here in Chad, not many places have electricity. And even fewer have televisions. In big towns, there are ‘cinemas’ that project onto a wall in a courtyard and have benches or seats, and even here in the village, there is a cinema.
The other alternative for watching the matches is to find a family rich enough to own a generator and a television and pay for the privilege to go and sit on a bench or a mat outside their house, in the courtyard. Generators are quite noisy but the televisions are generally turned up full blast.
I have found such a family here, about 15 mins cycle from my house and I go and sit on a mat with the merchant’s wife and children to watch the matches. They even gave me tea to drink during the Argentina-Iran match!
Trying to explain world geography to some of my neighbours is a challenge. They think the South American teams are ‘white’ people and so comment things like, “You, the white people in the world, there are a lot of you, aren’t there!” Trying to explain that Irish and Dutch are different nationalities takes time for them to understand. They call South Koreans, ‘Chinese’ and no amount of explaining would convince these Chadians otherwise. But in a country that rural people only have heard of people from France, Cameroon, CAR, Sudan, Libya and China, they like all of the nations that they see to fit into one of these groups. I’m hoping to take my world map, for my neighbours to see, but I’m not sure it will make a difference. So I’ll just sit on the mat with them and enjoy the football!