Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Ghanaian Church Holds Chelsea Thanksgiving Service (Photos)

A church in Ghana’s capital, Accra, has held a special thanksgiving service for Chelsea following its recent success in winning the Premier League title.

Long-time Chelsea fan Pastor Azigiza encouraged people to come wearing football tops of their favorite team.

Speaking to BBC he wanted to use the power of football to talk about God.
Azigiza also led the congregation in a verse of the Chelsea Anthem Blue is the Colour.

The pastor, who at one time was a radio DJ, was also teasing his immediate boss at the Living Streams International Church, Pastor Ebenezer Markwei, who is an Arsenal fan.

Pastor Markwie’s sermon was about “the good, the bad and the ugly of rivalry” suggesting that football fans should engage in friendly rivalry.


He said there was a fellowship in rejoicing in others’ successes.

The one blemish in Chelsea’s domestic season was that they lost the FA Cup Final 2-1 to Arsenal.

But during the service, he thanked God for Arsenal’s victory “because it means that [Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger will stay” and they cannot win the league with him, he said.

Fans of all teams were welcome to the service and Azigiza told the BBC that he wanted to defuse rivalry between supporters of different clubs.

Although he added, they were reminded that Chelsea had just been crowned Premier League champions.

Chelsea won the Premier League in May with 93 points, seven ahead of their nearest rivals Tottenham.

The English Premier League has a large and passionate following in Ghana.

Researched carried out by Twitter suggested that Chelsea is the most popular supported club in Ghana and much of the rest of West Africa.

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