Football mad

Football mad
22-01-2010

Wherever you look in Kigali, football is everywhere. Football shirts display the local loyalties (usually Manchester United or Chelsea) and the backs of taxi buses are emblazoned with the big team colours. Every bar shows the European and Premier League games to entice locals in during the week.

World Cup fever isn’t supposed to hit Africa until later in the year but the African Nations Cup, nearing its climax after what seems like months, is warming things up nicely. Every television set in town has the day’s games for all to see.

And as if we didn’t know that football is a truly international sport, the setting at our local bar makes a wonderful picture. The match, complete with Scottish commentary, comes from a tree in the corner of the yard. The television is perched on the bottom branch just above the heads of the huddle of fanatics below. The aerial is slung from the very top of the tree with the cable hanging loose below it. It might be rudimentary, but it works.