After Saturday’s goalless draw between Kenya’s Harambee Stars and the Uganda Cranes in an African Cup of Nations match held at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Namboole, Uganda, Coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno is content with the result.
The tie meant that there will be no
East African representation in the 2012 finals in Equatorial Guinea/Gabon with some
Uganda fans blaming the absence on Kenya.
Zico, however, claims that it was a competition and at the time of the game Uganda were the enemy, and he was, therefore, not obliged to do them anyt favour.
-I am not Father Christmas, he said in a post-match press statement.
-I’m sorry if they thought I’m Santa Clause.
-We did not come to do charity.
His Uganda cranes counterpart, Bobby Williamson, who had boasted of skinning the Stars alive, in pre-match interviews, was left a shell of a man even as he tried to comfort his team after the game.
-You did your best.
- We were just unlucky. Don’t blame yourselves.
- I feel for every Ugandan and I’m really sorry, Williamson told some of his players.
The Ugandans had started the game on a high but failed to capitalize on chance after chance of scoring opportunities, thanks to the ball-stopping prowess of Harambee Stars keeper, Arnold Origi.
Ugandan fans could not hide their disappointment with some of them leaving the stadium even before the final whistle was blown.