Housebound Jordanian football fan a social media star

Having spent most of his life housebound as a consequence of a medical situation, Jordanian Amer Abu Nawas’s love of football has propelled him to social media stardom.

Providing evaluation of matches from the main European football leagues to nearly 1 / 4 of one million followers, his Fb web page — “HouseAnalyzer” in Arabic — has grown into what he describes as a “large household”.

The 27-year-old was born with osteogenesis, or brittle bone illness, a genetic situation hindering regular bone progress that has meant he not often leaves his house in Zarqa, 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Jordan’s capital Amman.

“It’s true that I’ve by no means performed football in my life, and have by no means attended any match, however for me football is every part,” Abu Nawas instructed AFP.

With no colleges within the nation catering to his wants, Abu Nawas grew up spending a lot of his time watching football matches, analysing the groups and taking part in football video games.

“This at all times made me really feel like it’s taking me from this world to a special one,” he stated.

His family observed his ardour and inspired him to publish his match analyses on-line.

In 2017, he launched his Fb account, which now counts greater than 243,000 followers.

– ‘Attain individuals’ –

Filmed on a telephone in his bed room, Abu Nawas’s movies normally function him sporting a football jersey, excitedly commenting on matches and information from the world of football.

Discussing leagues from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, he generally makes use of a football pitch-shaped board to clarify tactical nuances.

One in every of Abu Nawas’s newest movies reached greater than 1.4 million viewers and he has began posting on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.

He stated he was grateful for contemporary know-how permitting him to attach with so many individuals.

“From this room, from this small place remoted from the world, I used to be in a position to cross these partitions, attain individuals, talk with them, create content material, and grow to be what I’m in the present day,” he stated.

He expressed disappointment at generally seeing individuals assault one another in feedback to his posts, and stated his relationship together with his followers was “like a household”.

“This household is rising daily, and I hope it would attain as many followers as potential,” he added.

Abu Nawas’s circle of relatives do their greatest to offer him with a snug life.

He’s the youngest of three brothers and his father is a physician and his mom a pharmacist.

Inside his room are cabinets with a PlayStation, a pc and plastic baskets maintaining gadgets he would possibly want.

On his mattress are telephones, distant controls, headphones and a protracted stick used to succeed in distant gadgets.

– ‘Not an impediment’ –

“He has his personal world, in a room with a temperature of 27 levels to keep away from chilly and pneumonia. He can function something utilizing the distant management,” his father Yussef instructed AFP.

He stated his son has buddies who sometimes go to.

“When he feels dangerous, they take him out for a tour in a minibus,” he stated.

Abu Nawas lamented that in Jordan “no person cares” about individuals with illnesses like his, and stated he wished he had had the chance to attend faculty.

“The circumstances for individuals with particular wants are catastrophic,” he stated.

“I couldn’t study as a result of there are not any particular colleges for individuals like me.”

Final yr, the organisers of the football World Cup invited him to attend the event in Qatar.

However as a consequence of journey difficulties linked to his situation, he arrived late and missed the matches he was scheduled to attend.

Even so, Abu Nawas stated it was “one of the best 10 days of my life”.

“I do know my situation, I discovered to be content material, and I’ll stay so,” he stated.

“Incapacity needn’t be an impediment to success.”


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