On the evening, the Uganda Cranes football team took on Guinea in the 2015 AFCON Qualifiers defeating the side 2-0 courtesy of striker Godfrey Massa’s brace, the host venue, Mandela National Stadium aka ‘Namboole’ was plunged into darkness causing a pandemonium break out from the public and concerned authorities. And through several means your writer who was engrossed in the situation at that moment proceeded to study more related with what led to the blackout. 

According to highly trusted scientific sources, the cause was the minutes-long time-lag between conducting current to the 218 pieces of floodlights before completely relighting after just a brief period of power interruption.

Nothing more could best explain a technological glitch as the outcome. The incident has of-course occurred elsewhere but how often has the local football world moved with the trending technology.

In comparison to the last decade or so, soccer matches have always resulted into severe blood baths that partake police action accompanied by tear gas, bullets and running battles. Recently, one at Buikwe playgrounds turned chaotic following a tragic incident that had the assistant referee hit by a flying object at the end of the first half. The center referee halted restarting the encounter, prompting a bloody clash amongst fans.

Surprisingly, footage of where the flying object had been thrown from could barely be outsourced, another area the use of technology has been neglected. Besides that, the majority of local clubs and players occasionally review how and what technical steps are required to step up performance or eliminate failure through video motion analysis of a past event.

Detailed and unreliable scrutiny is done from a few perspectives, that is to say the coach at the touch line and probably the assistant.

Installation of the optical instruments that record still images as well as those in motion in the stadiums or playgrounds may be extremely costly at the moment, but how have the managements of those particular institutions developed ideas about strategic positioning of the personnel, a technique synonymous with Super Sport.

According to your writer, football in Uganda seems to purposively lag behind in terms of embracing strategies to enhance the expected way forward.

Elsewhere, clubs have resorted to vision training, commercialisation of cardiovascular machines such as treadmills and rowers allowing players to improve their fitness within their homes. Most professional clubs have their own gym, where they can train as a team under the supervision of qualified professionals who can tailor programs towards the players individual needs. 

Players are able to wear extra tight clothes that have been specifically designed to preserve heat called ‘Thermals’, training in hyperbaric chamber that supposedly increase the rate of recovery from previous bouts of exercise, allowing lactic acid debts to be cleared and myoglobin stores replenished at a greater rate, altitude chambers that control levels of Oxygen, typically lowering Oxygen levels to simulate conditions that might be experienced whilst competing abroad in countries with different altitude levels than the body is acclimatized to and thermo simulation chambers.

And to catch up with this never occurs in a gleam since every individual and local football’s governing bodies involved in the ‘beautiful game’ ought to realize how essential electronic components, high tech and automation have become towards the development of the sport, then strategize to build towards an improved and competitive game.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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