In her conference call about her injury, Abby Wambach mentioned receiving cards and emails of support from players around the world on different teams. Not everyone was feeling sad on her behalf, though. Here's an email I received:
Just wanted to comment on your article on Abby Wambach.
As a football journalist, I usually have a lot of sympathy for players when they get injured, especially in the course of a game.
But in Abby's case, I am afraid, I will have to make an exception.
Abyy is not just a physical player, she is a dirty player in my humble opinion.
Back in 2003 at the WWC, she deliberately elbowed and injured Nigeria defender Bunmi Kayode.
Usually, one would dismiss this as an accident, but Abby was caught on camera laughing and high-fiving her team mates while Bunmi lay bleeding on the turf.
There was not even a shred of sympathy for another athlete that she had almost decapitated.
Till this day, Bunmi carries the scar on her face.
A similar thing happened at the 2007 WWC. This time, Faith Ikidi was the victim. You can take a look at the replays of both incidents.
Abby deliberately went out to injure Faith, and the poor kid was stretchered off the pitch in tears.
So permit to say that for Abby Wambach, its a case of what goes around finally coming around.
There are millions of Nigerians whose reaction to Abby's misfortune is way worse than mine.
Can't find video of that incident, but here's another that shows Abby playing tough.