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It’s hard to love a team of tax collectors

February 19, 2008

There must have a universal roar when Uganda’s Revenue Authority suffered a 2-0 home defeat in the African Champions League at the weekend.

The ‘tax collectors’, as they are known, surely engender little affection. They were beaten 2-0 by ZESCO United of Zambia in Kampala in a first round, first leg tie.

I have a few colleagues who support Tottenham Hotspur but I am left to wonder what kind of footballing masochists would want to support a team run by the revenue service. That also raises the question, is there no better way to spend the taxpayer’s money in Uganda than bank-rolling a football team?

Yet, according to the Ugandan media, they do have fans. In fact, so incensed were some of them that police had to step in protect their coach Frank ‘Video’ Anyau after the lost to their Zambian opponents.

Beating up the coach to express your frustration at your team’s defeat is common practice in Africa. It is a terrible blight on the game, notably in Nigeria where oftentimes both premier league players and coaches are laid into by supporters.

Mark Gleeson covers African football for Reuters

Comments

we have a similar team in England its called ‘Newcastle United’ currently as a consequence of Northern Rock Nationalisation sponsored by the Government’

Perhaps messers Brown and Darling will get free season tickets.

Posted by Neil Barnaby | Report as abusive
 

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