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Under Pressure Essay

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By Asa KabaleAfter 120 minutes of agonising football it was all down to this. Penalties. The end score of the match before penalties was 3-3. My team (Uganda) were winning 4-3 on penalties against African giants, Kenya. If I scored we won and we go to the 2018 World Cup, but if I didn't score the opposition would have had another chance to make it even. No-one else wanted to take it, I accepted the challenge not knowing my fate .So there I was, about to take a penalty to confirm my country, Uganda would be in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Beads of sweat rolling cautiously down my face, my heart pounding like an African drum, the crowd screaming and to make it worse there were scouts taking notes and watching my every move like vultures eying for prey. At the corner of my eye I saw my family cheering on, this kick could change our lives forever. As I took a deep breath the air pierced my throat wounding my lungs. Why did I volunteer? What was I thinking? What next? Before I explain this, lets take it back to the beginning.Hey, my name is Balondemu (which means the chosen one). I am 23 years old. I was born in Uganda and raised in Croydon. My parents and I moved to England to escape the wars going on in Uganda. I was about 1 years old when we left so I can't really remember anything as I haven't beeen there since. My dad worked in a bar so I did't really see much of him as he was always getting drunk and my mum was a housekeeper. They didn't get the proper education to get a good pay here so my parents worked all day but only just got enough to feed me and my younger 3 brothers. For two years straight, I lived in a camper with my 3 brothers and both parents, and I would have to get dressed at morning in the complete darkness, so my clothes were dirty and never matched. My hair was always ratted and messy, my teeth were yellowed and crooked and all-around looked unhygienic. This led to me and my brothers having it bad at school as we didn't have the latest clothes, shoes, equipment and so on. It was all too much for my mum, so she overdosed on pain killers and got rushed to the hospital. It was to much to contain, I often considered just ending it so I wouldn't have to suffer; but I was a role model for my younger brothers and I didn't want them to go through all of that. I got bullied a lot. Mostly by a boy called Mike Maxson. He was as round as a globe, taking up half the space in every room he entered. His skin swayed in ripples as he waddled around, sweat oozing out of his skin like waterfalls. Drool dripped from his mouth, making a stomach-turning puddle of thick saliva on his shirt. His clothes were drenched in the grease of oily foods, and the smell of his sweat was enough to make people in the next room faint. His hair was black and greasy, his fingernails looked like charcaol, he wore the same clothes everyday and they smelled like a trash bin from chinese restaurant. The sight of him nearly made me projectile vomit. And he was picking on...

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