Views from Fiona: Against All Odds

Views from Fiona: Against All Odds


Just when you are giving up on soccer in Uganda, Fiona offers a glimmer of of hope...

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: August 4, 2005


Everything Ugandan is laced with politics. So was the elaborate welcome party/dinner for SC Villa thrown by the mighty few who had political linings rather than genuine joy for the young SC Villa Turks and their achievements in Mwanza, Tanzania.


The Boys left Kampala in dire straits with no more than a dollar for upkeep, no league at home to speak of and having not been paid in three months. To top that off, on the eleventh hour, they had two of their senior players cross over to Rwanda’s APR and Kiyovu FC. Against all odds they came back home with the Kagame Cup [formerly CECAFA] and $30,000 or UGShs 54 millions in prize money. Now what can beat that? The youngsters had sheer will and zest to taste victory, which Ugandans had since forgotten. They eliminated the mean defenses of giants like Simba FC, Mutibwa Sugar and finally the Rwandan Army outfitted APR.

Back home the victors were welcomed in style. The amusing thing is how we all want to associate with victors and move away from losers as if they carried a plague. The State Minister for Health, Hon. Mike Mukula [he is a genuine sports fan] airlifted the President of the Banana threw in a towel and hosted the Jogoos to a lavish dinner. The Bus Mr. Museveni had promised them some years back, was not on hand to be received by the victorious team, but rather glimpsed on the papers as proof of purchase and with the assurance that the Bus is on the way. It might take the club to win another regional tournament or maybe the CAF trophy to actually receive the Bus.

Soccer in particular, is badly mismanaged and full of corrupt officials that it took a local pressure group SOS [Save Our Soccer] for the government to disband the Obua FUFA executive. SC Villa boys and their coach Timbe left to participate in the Mwanza Kagame Cup edition with just a pittance but by the time they returned, the who is who in soccer had removed their heads from the sand to throng Entebbe Airport to welcome them. Ask an average Ugandan purported soccer fan about the local league they will show genuine ignorance, yet they can rattle all the names of the players for the UK premier League and Nationwide.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: August 4, 2005
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