Photographer's Note

Kampung Semban, a village of not more than 30 houses and less than 300 population, in the 3000ft jungles of Borneo. Playing football without proper stud shoes but with a big dream like Pele. These kids remind me of Brazilian boys playing football on TV commercial ads, those sponsored by Adidas. The strike to goal by every kick, the pose, the style. I wonder, they watched a lot of television and tapes of football?

This boy went next day 1hr trekk with me to fishing at waterfall [they tell us 8-10 pounder fresh water fish], but here he was practising his football passing skill. He wore the kampong adidas shoes that I also used to trek the jungles, as well as twice to summit of Mt Kinabalu at 4095m. RM5.99 a pair. You tell me, would you buy them? As you will see in later posts, the football pitch is a central focus of the village. The moment we entered the village, the football field is so prominent, because on this afternoon, the villagers all came to celebrate Gawai here in football matches, women final, men final, girls final, boys final. There was a team named H1N1 :) and this village is out of this world, 5 hrs trekking in rainforest jungle at 13km from nearest trading post.

The women's teams? Mostly married women but you have to see this body physical fitness, they can trek the jungle at least 20% less time than mine. One of the boys was chosen to play under-12 National football games this week. I am impressed with the football spirit in this village, it is a dream for many young ones here. This pose tells me he is very good. I watched him play during every break of the contests. This is one of 20 prints that I will send to the village tomorrow for their keeping.

p/s Alfred complained about quality of his kit lens, 50mm standard lens, and sigma 50-500mm lens. Here is my shot of max FL500mm which I have also used for portraits with satisfactory results.

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Additional Photos by Bill Laucp (trekks) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2260 W: 172 N: 4300] (14348)
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