When you put Spain and Uganda in the same context, the mind quickly returns to 2012 when Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sent a text to his finance minister in the midst of negotiations on the terms of a bailout for Spain’s banks.
Urging him to hold out for a good deal, it said: “We’re the number four power in Europe. Spain is not Uganda.” That remark caused a storm of protest here and some ironic tweets pointing out Ugandan economic success.
But there will be more excitement than respite when Uganda Cranes takes on reigning World and European Spain in one of the latter’s Fifa World Cup friendly matches scheduled for May 30 at Ramon Sanchez stadium in Seville.
“We are happy to have secured one of the biggest games in history of Ugandan football,” read part of a statement from Fufa spokesman Ahmed Hussein confirming the friendly yesterday.
“This will be a great milestone in Uganda’s soccer,” a thrilled Cranes’ coach Micho Sredojevic told Daily Monitor.
Spain and Barcelona midfield ace Xavi Hernandez welcomed the fixture. “We have not played many games against African countries but I am looking forward to this one,” he posted in Spanish on his official twitter handle.
The number one Fifa ranked side is 84 places ahead of Uganda and as we break this news to you, happy Fools Day!