Posts Tagged ‘Ugandan Football’

NAMBOOLE: Dark skies over Namboole Threatening to rain.

NAMBOOLE STADIUM: Dark skies over Namboole Threatening to rain. Photo by Shawn Mubiru

The traffic leading to Namboole was normal and the usual hype of fans coming from all parts of the country was absent, but for a real fan the Togo loss takes nothing not your loyal to Uganda Cranes. Yours truly punched his phone maths and got his buddies to the stadium and made it count. With the gloomy skies over Kireka and Bweyogerere, that wasn’t a reason for us to login no show, I told my buddies that was the reason we needed to show that we were indeed The Cranes and we dared the rain to come down on us in the name of those three points. I believe that the dark skies also contributed to some fans’ absence from Namboole as the boys played their lungs and hearts out.

UGANDA Vs GHANA: Dark Skies Over Namboole Stadium

UGANDA Vs GHANA: Dark Skies Over Namboole Stadium Photo by Shawn Mubiru

I remember when I was a fully signed WAMA FC player in the first divisi,on back then in Jinja coach Kirya used to tell us boys! You got die a little in order for us as a team to be able to take all three home. The animated Micho on the touchline all the 90 minutes through his actions and shouting at them boys demonstrated to me that he wanted them to die a little during this do or die game. The boys did die a little!

As a nation, we ought to look back and know that 1978 is truly a whole lot of history to ignore as a nation. We need to catch with 1978 and get to ask ourselves what manner of men managed to play in the Africa Nations Cup finals. What was their resolve and mission? Why has it taken us 35 years to qualify for the biggest tournament on the continent? Okay put that aside, yesterday was a memorable day in our football history as a country. The fans that were at Namboole sang, danced from the first minute to the end of the end.

I would like to say that our boys played like Champions and at this moment the Nile Breweries Limited cheque on the Nile Special brand has truly been earned, behind me was the Airtel Advert in hot red reading “Together We Can” to me who understands the power of branding and winning the loyalty of the fans to these brands saw the real moment for the brands that associate with Ugandan football. But Football branding still lacks in our nation this is something that still needs a lot of thoughts and brainstorming in marketing teams of the brands that are involved in our game.

The three points did not come alone, but brought in jubilation all over the stadium. For you who were at the stadium I know have different short videos and photos, but here I am sharing a Uganda Cranes Lady fan who danced Chameleon’s Wale Wale song with all his booty, heart and strength.

As we look to beating Guinea to our qualification to Equatorial Guinea next year AFCON2015 our national team needs to maintain the same attitude and know that we are champions and champions never rest until they have the crown.

Museveni, Kiprotich and his family at State House Entebbe

Museveni, Kiprotich and his family at State House Entebbe

Sport is an industry world over and on our continent ‪#‎Nigeria and‪ #‎SouthAfrica collect a lot of taxes from their athletes, which monies help to transform their economies. And some of these athletes have big businesses in their countries and this means they are employing a number of people and in turn pay more taxes to their governments. It is only fair that African governments wake up from their big slumber and invest in the sports industry by building infrastructure across their countries and this will contribute to nurturing of more talent from our young people.


208498_184287101616886_2681682_nOne day i went to meet the CEO of FUFA Mr. Edgar Watson for a chat about Corporate Sponsorship and marketing the beautiful game of football.

When i reached at FUFA House as the headquarter of the game of football, i expected to find people busy discussing business but i was shocked to see men and women eating Katogo and seated on top of their desks something that means that there is no work to be done but a place to hang out. What shocked me was finding dirty chaps speaking loudly on top of their voices, playing Ludo and this indeed proved how much work was not at Mengo FUFA House.

The game of football has evolved from that game played and managed by non-school going chaps, but it is now an elite game that is won physically, skillfully, scientifically and technically. Mengo – Mulindwa administration seems to be only thinking about one ground and that is physical tactic of winning.

The game of football has created employment world over, a CEO is hired and a team to work with him must be professionals not Radio and TV presenters who have made the loudest voice to promote your agenda in staying around while you are making money and some of the members of your administration enjoying. Professional men and women must be hired to bring results that will grow the game of football so that structures that will help the game grow from grassroots to the national team are put in place.

When Uganda Cranes loses a game, the Mulindwa Administration and Ugandans loose. Things must change both in managing and playing game of football in Uganda and at Mengo or else we will continually go to Namboole Stadium to receive shocks over and over again, while Mulindwa and group count shillings in their cars smiling to the bank.

The game of football must grow and be appreciated by players, administrators and institutions that have nurtured players, but let us not be selfish and stand in the way of progressing the game of football.

The biggest problem in the game of football right now is electing illiterate and no vision delegates that have no program about the game of football in their areas but are available to sleep in nice hotels, get allowances and vote for anything.

We should learn from this experience and many others to shun voting these kinds of delegates for the betterment and growth of the game of football. But before we embark on a journey that will bring a smile on the faces of Ugandans and football players we have to get of the rotten, vision-less administration of Mulindwa out and build structures afresh. This will take some time but after building hope will be with us as we will not continually worry about players and football policies in Uganda.