There was a side attraction at the finals of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) between eventual winners, The Gambia and host Liberia on May 6 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
It was in the first game between La Cote d’Ivoire and Mali when the two men, a bottle juggler and another moving in calculated steps appeared near the perimeter of the pitch.
Though my location on the field (VIP) did not allow me the chance to get closer to the two men, I was able to capture their images as both of them; particularly the bottle juggler began to demonstrate his skills.
At first he held three empty stout bottles or what appeared to be three empty plastic bottles. He held the three bottles together and pulled out and threw it so high that before it could descend to his location, he would throw the other two at the same time.
By now the one he had first thrown into the air, would easily fall into his hand and he would continue with the process with rapid motion that drew the attention of soccer fans.
He would keep his rapid motion on for several seconds as he moved back and forth the direction the bottles were descending and he was so expert about it that at no occasion did the any of the bottle fall, by any chance.
Afterward he would hand over the three bottles to the robot man and picked up a white empty plastic chair. As you can see in one of the pictures, he would place an angle edge of the chair somewhere on his face and allow his hands to fall on his side. Surprisingly he would keep the chair in a steady position for several minutes.
After some performance, the robot man would pick the scene. With his body painted white, in a dark shades with red writings on his chest and his stomach, he would robotically move one step after the other as if he was being controlled by a magnetic system inside or outside his body.
Lately, there have been a good number of people who are earning a form of income through advertising messages or products for businesses and some government agencies. The man had WINNERS written on his chest.
The young man in question behaved as if he was walking on motorized wheels, as robots are programmed with dozens of movable segments that are typically made of metal or plastic. In a pure imitation, the young man behaved as if he were a real robot that spins wheels and pivot jointed segments with some sort of actuator or a hydraulic system, a pneumatic system (a system driven by compressed gasses). The imitation was so perfect that many people wondered how he could get it so perfectly right.
In any case, those were the two side attractions that provided a form of entertainment for thousands who thronged the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, particularly in the final day of the tournament as the two teams engaged each other in a grand finale.