Gezelligheid kent geen tijd is a Dutch phrase roughly equating to the English saying, ‘Time spent together is time well spent’. This is a phrase commonly used to excuse spending a vast number of hours chatting with friends: a happiness-inducing set of words. However, my recent interpretations of this phrase differ a bit. We must make the most of our time together, so anything we do with those close to us is righteous.
Ever since news broke that Abdelhak ‘Appie’ Nouri, Ajax’s 20-year-old midfield sensation, has been diagnosed with “permanent and severe brain damage”, a tidal wave of sorrow has washed over the football world. A club statement revealed that there is “nil” chance of recovery from the injury, one that he suffered in a pre-season friendly match just last Saturday.
Since the horrible news broke on Wednesday, there has been an outburst of support from across the footballing spectrum.
Really sad news. All our support from Barcelona for Appie Nouri's family and @AFCAjax #StayStrongAppie https://t.co/E0ZmALsR2u
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 14, 2017
Devastating news about Abdelhak Nouri. I wish him and his family all the strength in the world #StayStrongAppie 🙌🏻❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/0cSRFtEyzJ
— Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official) July 13, 2017
#StayStrongAppie – the thoughts of all of us at Arsenal are with you and your loved ones
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 13, 2017
All my thoughts are with you and your family my friend❤️ #StayStrongAppie pic.twitter.com/UjFSeoEKD8
— Davy Klaassen (@DavyKlaassen) July 13, 2017
Every Ajax player joined hundreds of fans outside the Nouri family home to offer their support.
While there seems to be very little hope for Appie, it is important to remain strong. It is times like these that make us stronger as humans no matter how much they hurt. I wish everyone at Ajax, and most importantly the family and loved ones of Appie Nouri, the greatest of strength during this period of frustration and agony.