The game of soccer is replete with many dribbling skills which footballers use to disarm their opponents.
From nutmegs to stepovers, players make use of a wide range of strikes to escape the pestilence of defenders.
One of such skills, which is extensively celebrated on the sector of play is the rainbow flick; often known as the rainbow kick or the reverse flick-over.
It entails flicking the ball over the top of 1’s opponent; inflicting the opponent to lose sight of the ball, in a method that is usually embarrassing.
To do it, one has to step to the aspect of the ball and flick it throughout to the again of the opponent. The ‘arch movement’ is what offers the trick its ‘rainbow’ name.
“It is usually performed while running forward with the ball, and is done by rolling the ball up the back of one leg with the other foot, before flicking the standing foot upwards to propel the ball forward and over the head”, Wikipedia explains.
According to historical past, it was first executed in 1968 by Alexandre de Carvalho, often known as “Kaneco”.
The skill then got here into extra prominence through the 2002 FIFA World Cup, when Turkey‘s İlhan Mansız, flicked the ball over his head, and that of Brazilian left-back, Roberto Carlos.
Carlos was reportedly mesmerised by the skill, forcing him to commit a foul in the process.
Indeed, it is seen as a move that usually embarasses defenders, and makes a ridicule of them.
If you charter a flight to Brazil, you’ll hear them describing it because the ‘Lambreta’. In Italy although, it is additionally called the ‘Lambretta’, with an extra ‘t’.
If you journey to Germany, you’ll hear them call it the ‘Okocha-Trick’, and in a company of French nationals, ‘coup du sombrero’ is what you’ll hear; all referring to the same trick.
Wikpideia additional states that elsewhere in the United Kingdom, it is popularly generally known as the ‘Ardiles flick’, whereas the Spaniards want to call it the ‘arco iris’.
However in Ghana, the skill has a totally totally different designation altogether.
Rather surprisingly, Ghanaians affiliate the skill with food; the beverage called ‘milo’. But why this attribution?
Somewhere around the late 90’s stepping into the year 2000, ‘Milo’, the globally acclaimed beverage model, produced a TV business the place the skill was stylishly displayed.
In the said business, some younger lads have been seen actively displaying the skill, after taking sips of the Milo beverage.
Purportedly, the younger lads received the energy and inclination to replicate the rainbow flick, solely after ingesting the cups of Milo.
This portrayal in the said TV business, subsequently influenced Ghanaians to name the skill as ‘milo’.
Since then, other generations of football lovers in Ghana have stucked to the time period, as their distinctive description for the rainbow flick.
Nigerian legend, Jay Jay Okocha, is noted for the skill, and in trendy occasions, Brazil’s Neymar does it usually.
When it is finished on Ghanaian pitches, it is met with a loud applause due to the relative issue concerned in mastering the skill and efficiently executing it.
But when you do, you change into a ‘star’!
Meanwhile, the newest star to have finished the transfer is the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
In a goodwill message to the Black Stars forward of their first match in this year’s World Cup, he tried the skill, very a lot to the delight of the general public.
In a video which has since gone viral, the Vice President, whereas having fun with his day on the ball, inspired the Black Stars to give off their greatest, as they put together for his or her first World Cup encounter against Portugal tomorrow.
According to him, the staff is endowed with sufficient high quality to give account of themselves on the world stage.
“The moment has come for the Black Stars to take on the World”, he said in the viral video.
Go Black Stars Go❗️🇬🇭
Vice President @MBawumia offers his assist to the Black Stars as they give the impression of being to face Portugal in their group opener.
— ⬅️ #JoySportsZone ⏳️ (@JoySportsGH) November 23, 2022
The Vice President continued, “We have a group of talented players who have been selected and they cannot be intimidated by anyone.
I want to urge the Black Stars to go on and play their hearts out for Mother Ghana. We can stand the world. We have done it before and we can do it again”.
“They should go out and emulate the historic deeds of their predecessors. God bless you all. You can do it. “Go! Ghana! Go! Go! Black Stars! Go”, he ended.
In a associated growth, former President, John Mahama, has additionally urged the senior national staff to give off their greatest in this year’s event in Qatar.
Earlier, the previous head of state took his Facebook wall to inject a dose of encouragement into the Black Stars.
In his motivational Facebook post, Mahama noted that since time immemorial, the Black Stars have given account of themselves on the worldwide scene.
According to him, the staff’s ‘unique brand of football’ has all the time amazed the world, therefore his perception in the chances of the staff in Qatar.