Kumche Ambau and the Football Field
Narrated by Daniel Legesse
Once upon a time during the revolutionary era there was a person called Ato“Mr.” in the Amharic language. Kumche Ambau. He prepared a very big football field and called many people to the opening ceremony. One of the guests who was invited to the opening ceremony was from Addis Ababa. He was a senior government official.
Kumche Ambau delivered an opening speech, “Dear guests, I would like to apologise because you have come here before the football field is painted with cow dung.”Compacted dung is sometimes used to make the floor of a hut.
And everybody laughed.
Then there was a match between two football clubs.
The guest from Addis laughed and asked, “Why are these people using one ball?”
“It’s because we are not economically developed. As our economy develops I will let every player have one ball.”
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