World Cup is Here: Not Good News for Women
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World Cup is Here: Not Good News for Women


Don't forget your woman.

By Lambert Rusoke
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First published: June 3, 2006


Another world cup year is here and the world's favorite game is bound to bring contracting conspiracies from varying perspectives. To say that football is coming home is sounding unpatriotic, because our very own Uganda will not participate. And yet this is the kind of feeling I develop, when the official opening of the world cup gets underway on the 9th of June. It's going to be a case of speaking one language and that is football.


This trend though, am afraid, may not be fair to all the parties concerned, especially most women who have nothing to do with football. If it has been a case of missing your spouse because of Premiership football every Saturday and Sunday, or on some Tuesdays and Wednesday nights when the Champions league takes its course, this is going to be a case of a full month, involving mouthwatering clashes, that I would comprehend those who don't love the game, to start falling in love to save themselves from embarrassment.

To start with, loadshedding seems to never coming to an end and all the games on each day will end at midnight. Most people don't have generators and so find it comfortable to catch up with the action from the bars in town. Or even then, others just don't enjoy watching football alone in their living rooms, so a drink with their peers is commendable. What about that grace period after the match that involves a post analysis about how the game was, before finally heading home?

This may not be all, because in most cases people continue with these emotions to bed and its easy to find one dreaming about football or even throwing a kick at the blanket, elaborating how Beckham should have bended it. Or even worse, finding one groaning about his team's (England) loss to rivals Argentina in a dream.

The drama just doesn't seem to end, and there will be more than this when the soccer finally gets underway. Whether the women take control of the house keys will be another matter, but there is no following curfews here when it's the world cup you are talking about. Something you see once in four years, is worth the anxiety.

Hope all shared my joy, of having football be my first wife.

By Lambert Rusoke
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First published: June 3, 2006
Lambert Rusoke is a student at Makerere University Business School.
rlamptey2003@yahoo.com.