Sunday, July 02, 2006

Uganda Oyee. 2 out of 3 aint bad

It has been a weekend of mixed results sportswise for yours truly.

On the world cup front England was sent packing after a penalty shootout with Portugal. This was bad news for me because as I have indicated somewhere in these pages I have been a supporter of the English team for years now.

In an attempt to get away from the England-haters that were making my life miserable at the Kampala rugby club I decided to relocate to quieter environs to watch the France-Brazil match hoping that the samba boys would be sent packing (I am one of a minority of people who do not feel Brazil, but its for reasons outside their football prowess). Les Bleus did not disappoint and they beat Brazil. I was one of the few very happy people at the end of the match, which "cost" me some friends (people do get overly emotional about football).

The win brought back memories of the 1998 World Cup final where I was one of a handful of France supporters in my local pub. I got into an altercation with a (very drunk) Rwandese patron, who had spent the whole match calling the French "genocidaires", when I told him to lose gracefully and leave irrelevant politics out of football.

HOWEVER, the highlight was being present to watch the grand mauling the Cote d'ivoire rugby team suffered at the hands of the Rugby Cranes (Uganda's national rugby team) at Kyadondo Rugby Football Club on saturday. The scoreline stood at 30-7 by the time the final whistle was blown. This brings Uganda a small step closer to qualifying for the rugby world cup in France next year.

A lot of work still has to be done considering we have a very poor away record (the cranes had lost to Morroco 36-3 a few weeks earlier). But considering the Ivorians held Morroco to a 9-9 draw in Abidjan recently, we stand a chance of putting on a better show against the Morrocans when they visit this sunny city in September.

Uganda wins, France wins and England loses.

Like they say 2 out of three aint bad.


Lovely Amphibian said...

i was sitting with my aunt before France scored and, probably because i thought Brazil would somehow carry the day, given their 53% posession in the beginning, i kept on rooting for France. Not because i like them. My team for ever is Argentina and they keep on disappointing at every world cup. My reasons are more to do with the wisdom of supporting the underdog. Anyway, for the rest of the period before bed time,my aunt didnt want to talk to me coz i just couldnt wipe the smile of my face. sorry for you IWAYA. BRAZIL IS OUT!!!!!!

jkb said...

Rugby Football Union? That hardly makes sense to my feeble mind.

On another note, France just whipped Portugal's u know what...we are storming bottoms up again for a blaaaast! Vive la France.