Contradicting Feelings by Fans as League Kicks Off
Salim Magoola- SC Villa.

Contradicting Feelings by Fans as League Kicks Off


By Lambert Rusoke
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First published: January 31, 2006


Saturday 28/1/2006 will go down in history of Ugandan football as the day that football was finally played on the field, following the ascendancy of Lawrence Mulindwa as FUFA president. Basking in the theme, "Football Renaissance- together we can make it", the time for all stakeholders to play part in building the game had arrived. In all, the efforts that the FUFA team had done off the field, a turn up by the fans to the league opener, in my view, was to be used as a possible yardstick, to gauge the turn-up throughout the football season. In the scorching sunshine, the footballers on the pitch had a lot to prove to the people.

Prior to the KCC-Police game, a day earlier MTN had organised a Zagazaga Cup match between Express and SC Villa. The stadium was full considering the fact that entry was free. This mammoth crowd had all kinds of people, including those who had never been to Nakivubo to watch a single game. And just as I struggled to run through the names of the players to the innocent people I was seated with in the stands, my interest lay in knowing whether they would also turn up in big numbers for the league opener. Their replies all lay in the condition that the football exhibited by the two teams was at a high level. And just when Steven Nsereko was doing what he knows best with the ball, then some good old touches by veteran (he has been around for some time) Hassan Mubiru,my conviction was that there is no way the stadium wouldnt be full on d-day.

On the KCC-Police game itself, it took the beautiful vocals of Irene Namatovu from Eagles production, to make fans still outside the stadium to rush in for their tickets. A fair price of Ushs 3,000 and 5,000 for the stands and covered terraces respectively was commendable. Even the idea of having students to pay a meagre amount of Ushs 1,000 is deserved approval. While the stadium was not full to capacity, the attendance was fine.

The KCC faithful were not happy with their teams performance and it was unfortunate that some were vowing not to return if that could be taken as the stock in. This is where we fans go wrong. For a team to have one bad day, doesnt mean hell for their remaining matches. Even the foreign clubs that we support at times suffer the same. Thats why its a game where there has to be a winner and a loser. I dont know how FUFA can implement lessons for people to know that not all days are good days on the pitch. My prayer is that we as football fans instil in ourselves an attitude of accepting the results as they occur. For one, I believe that the players can improve as the league goes on. After all we have seen teams at the African Cup of Nations, putting up a better show in their second games compared to their first. Why not us?

As for the opening ceremony, for Ugandan starndards, it was worthy of praise.

By Lambert Rusoke
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First published: January 31, 2006
Lambert Rusoke is a student at Makerere University Business School.
rlamptey2003@yahoo.com.