‘Home Away From Home’ is a new editorial series from VERSUS and VISA, where we hear how some of the most influential voices in football culture are lining up behind ‘second teams’ this summer in celebration of the world class football on our doorstep. Next up, we meet one of the most gifted wordsmiths in UK culture, Guvna B, and hear about his love of the France national team.
Isaac Borquaye AKA Guvna B is a rapper, author, public speaker and all-round East London living-legend. The lifelong West Ham fan loves everything football. From the grassroots game to watching his beloved Irons represent in the UEFA Europa League, Guvna’s manor transcends the game’s top flights, and it’s Custom in his House that others recognise that too.To Guvna, the beauty in the ‘beautiful game’ is in its ability to speak to people from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, how old you are or what team you support, football should be for everyone. Football’s power to unite and bring people together is one of the reasons why he’s enjoyed watching UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 so far this summer. The tournament’s ability to introduce the women’s game to those who otherwise might not have had access to it, helps to foster an environment whereby fans see football as just that. Football. It shouldn’t matter who’s playing it, the game remains the same. And so should our respect for it as fans. VERSUS sat down with the Massive music icon to talk about the power of international football, why he thinks this tournament will act as a tool for changing outdated perceptions of the women’s game, and his adoration for France’s women’s national team.