In places like South Sudan, children are battered by the effects of war, long before they step onto the football field. Soccer, sometimes, is the one good thing in their lives. But no amount of football can change the basic facts of their lives.
Murtaza Ahmadi's father also feared his son would be kidnapped after pictures of him wearing a Lionel Messi shirt made out of a striped plastic bag went viral.
In my life, I've probably watched two or three football games to completion. I've played half a game of FIFA before politely insisting we play Mario Kart instead. Most player names I know are from a fictional commercial in The Simpsons.
Murtaza Ahmadi's family could not afford to buy him the jersey of his favourite FC Barcelona player.