Over the past few weeks, I have been directing a documentary on what it means to be an aspiring footballer in Ghana. My colleague and I have been working with the Hearts of Oak's junior and senior teams, filming their practices, games and individual interviews. Hearts of Oak is Accra's professional team and one of two tops teams in Ghana's Premier League. The other is Kumasi's Kotoko, Hearts' rival.
Last Saturday, we attended the Hearts of Oak game at Accra Sports Stadium. They won 2-0, and we were able to witness the intensity of Accra's support for their city's premier team. They sang chants, waved banners and dressed in the team's yellow, red and blue colors. Both goals were beautiful, and the reactions were so intoxicating I fell back in love with Ghanaian culture and football.
"My family is Hearts of Oak, and Hearts of Oak is my family," one older fan expressed.
Put more simply by a group of squealing children: "We are champions!"