Marty the Motorcycling Giraffe
Story 14 Marty the Harambee all stars.
One Saturday morning Marty the Motorcycling Giraffe was out for a nice ride on his motorcycle.
As he was passing a soft drink stall and the side of the road just outside the city Nairobi, Marty noticed a man standing next to a van, waving frantically.
Marty pulled over got if his motorcycle and said “Jambo! Mna nini? (Hello! What is the matter)”
The man thanked Marty for stopping and told that his name is Ben Tabiki and that runs a laundry service and he has a big problem.
“I have a very important job to do” said Ben “I am delivering a clean football kit to the football stadium for the ‘Harambee Stars’ (Kenya’s national football team) to wear in the big match tonight ‘Kenya versus Tanzania”
“Wow!” said Marty “that is an important job.”
Ben then told Marty that he stopped at the stall to get a drink and before he could get back into his van a bird swooped down and grabbed his van keys out of his hands and flew off into the air.
“I have a spare set in my launderette in the next village” said Ben “but I will never be able to walk all the way there and back in time to get the kit to the football stadium in time for kick off.”
“I can help” said Marty “I can ride the my motorcycle really fast to your launderette shop, collect the keys and zoom back here in plenty of time for you to take the kit to the football stadium.”
“Oh asante sana” exclaimed Ben
“Hakuna matata” laughed Marty as he zoomed off on his motorcycle. He was soon going very fast down the road towards Ben’s village.
In no time at all Marty reach Ben’s Launderette shop and collected the spare keys and was soon whizzing back to the drinks stall where he had left Ben..
Ben was very grateful to Marty for fetching the key.
“And you managed to do it so quickly too” said Ben
“Well I have a very fast Motorcycle” said Marty with a big grin on his face.
Marty offered to follow Ben to the football stadium, just in case anything else went wrong.
When they arrived at the stadium Marty helped Ben unload the football kit and Ben told the manager of the Harambee Stars how Marty had come to the rescue. And as a reward the manager offered Marty 4 free tickets for the match.
“Oh! Asante sana” exclaimed Marty happily, and thought to himself that Peter and Emmanuelle both like football and that he was sure that Peter would also like to bring Gloria along as well.
That evening the four friends took their seats in the football stadium and cheered the top of their voices for the “Harambee Stars” (Kenya)
It was a very good and very exciting match and Marty, Emmanuelle, Peter and Gloria were very pleased when Kenya won the game by 2 goals to 1
After the game the manager of the “Harambee Stars” invited the four friends to come and meet the players. Marty got all the players to sign a poster of the team that he had brought from a stall outside the ground.
This made Marty very happy and that night as he put the poster up on the wall in his little house, he thought to himself that he enjoyed his football adventure and wondered what other adventures could be found for …….
Marty the Motorcycling Giraffe.
Look out for the next tale in Marty's year of adventures
Story 15 Marty goes to a “land down under” (Marty and Mikey) to be posted omWednesday 4th October