Though I am working on a different blog titled 'Back to square one' the demise of Paul the famous psychic Octopus can not be ignored! The soccer world can not forget in a hurry how Paul thrilled us to a thrilling spectacle, last summer during the first world cup held on African soil. Though Paul lived at a museum at Oberhauzeum in Germany;and petted by the German National team, his infallible predictions about the outcome of all the matches played by the Budweiser,German national team made him an instant 'GOD' so to speak!Paul became even more popular with the prediction of the final match between the La furia roja, the spanish, national team and the Netherland.Many people thought that the Netherland national team should be third time lucky.They have played twice at the final of the world cup, in 1974 and 1978,but they have never won the world cup! Spain have never played in the final match of a world cup. The best they have done was in the semi-final, long time ago! so the Netherland supporters just wont accept Paul's prediction! One of them told me that 'I am suporting Netherland to win the world cup this time', i dont care about what Paul, the Octopus said, in fact I am going to battle with him spiritually! I smiled! Look at the passion of the Football/soccer enthusiast. He is not even a citizen of Netherland, He is Nigerian!
Interestingly Paul's prediction came true, the match was explosive, yet Spain beat Netherland 1-0 to pick their first ever world cup. Unbelievable how could an animal be so accurate!Paul gave the first world cup on African soil a befitting side attraction!The spanish national team thanked Paul for believing in them. They wanted Paul transferred to Spain at any costs that may be demanded by the owners of Oberhauzeum, in Germany. I think Paul has thought us that humans should learn to uphold animal rights!
We must realize that caring for any harmless creature that has life is a task that must be done alwayz, and we could be rewarded like Paul did to Soccer lovers all over the world! The owners of the museum where Paul lived are planning to erect a permanent tomb for PAUL. I cant wait to see Paul's tomb in Germany! If you were asked to write an Epitaph for Paul? What would you write?