Sunday afternoon at the Accra Stadium, Aduana Stars and Hearts of Oak played a match that upset fans on both sides.

As I approached the stadium, morale was high and the excitement in the stadium woke my sleepy mind and widened my tired eyes.

I had never been to a football match in Ghana before and it was not what I expected.

Some fans sat quietly and would occasionally yell something; while others had drums they would dance and sing no matter the events happening on the field.

I attended the game with 13 other classmates as we are studying abroad here in Ghana. Majority of us have never been to Ghana or a football game here. We were welcomed with chants and banter about the teams.

Coming from a college in America, the University of Oregon, a school that does not have a football (also known as soccer) team, it was a completely different sporting event we are used to.

Fans of all ages engaged in the game, it seemed to be an escape from reality for a moment or two. Football being a distraction from work or school, releasing one from any worry you might have.

As the match came to a close, I had picked up an uneasy feeling. The voices I heard spoke different languages but they all seemed slightly angry.

The match ended in a draw. While fans were crowding out of the hot stadium I overheard complaints, fans were saying they had wasted their money on an uneventful game.

There was a general consensus among the fans I questioned on whether they would have watched their team lose rather than there being no victor or loser crowned for the crowd to cheer or weep over.

At least they would have seen a goal, a bit of action on the field validating the money they had spent on tickets and snacks.

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