Spain is not Uganda! The statement ran allover so many blogs and networks particularly facebook and twitter. It was so eyecatching its link on the BBC website tallied the most read at a time.
When the Red Fury drew 1-all with the Azzuri in their Euro 2012 group tier, the Cranes in similar style, returned from a goal down to end their 2014 World Cup qualifier against the Lions of Teranga at Mandela National Stadium in a stalemate.
About that was about to end. Spain further thumped the Republic of Ireland 4-0. Uganda massively
crushed Congo Brazzaville 4-0 as it overcame a 3-1 deficit they suffered away from home.
At the time, wasn’t Spain really Uganda? I want you to forget the colour, race, geographical location and political differences…
But for sure, our comparison to Spain is an insult to this country. Not in any class do we even step closer to the Spaniards.
For the core motives of this forum, i will remain stuck to sports.
There is no where i have learnt of Spain failing to foot bills for their travelling contingents. Here in Uganda, we always look for funds in vain. Nowonder at the just concluded Africa Senior Athletics Championships, we were only able to take 12 athletes to Porto Novo.
In Helsinki, at the European Athletics Championships, the Spaniards were way beyond digit 12.
While Spain put four past Italian custodian Gianluigi Buffon, we Ugandans were busy enjoying the best passers of the ball in the world. Are we Spain?
And when the game ended in favour Spain, history had been made, and new records had been set as Michel Platini handed Iker Casillas the continent’s top soccer prize.
With Uganda, we are still trying to break a 34-year jinx to return to the continent’s biggest soccer show piece. While Spain saw off neighbours Portugal in the semifinals, Ugandans burst into grief, sorrow, depression after a goalless tie with the Harambe Stars.
So if Uganda were Spain, how many passionate Cranes’ fans would make it to the final day of next year’s Afcon??
On returning home, the Red Fury travelled the country’s city streets with the trophy. The same thing was done by the Los Merengues after clinching the Spainish La Liga.
When Express ended a 16-year spell without the league, would that have been done here in Kampala (mind less of the potholes)????
We all now know Spain won the Euro 2012, who in Madrid, Sevilla or Catalunya got to know about Golola’s joke at Kyadondo.
I may save the Duncan Mugabe (chasing a wild card for the London games) and Rafael Nadal (2008 Olympic gold winner) for another day.
Otherwise, the statement is joke in Europe and an insult here. Spain is not Uganda!! Simple!