Uganda's Presidents says the most popular football league in the world is a non issue and scolds media for airing it
Some Ugandan parents have even named their children after football players or the home grounds of Premiership teams.
Millions of fans worldwide normally drop everything when there is a match and for 90 minutes not dare move a muscle and get clued to TV screens be it on weekends or weekdays to watch their favorite English football clubs square it out on the pitch.
Teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Southampton have millions of fans across the world.
Arsenal for instance has 13.7million followers on its twitter handle while Chelsea has 12 million followers showing just how popular these teams are.
The scenario is not any different in the ‘pearl of Africa’ and English Premier League has some of the most ardent fans.
Over recent years, Premiership fever has taken hold of Uganda’s capital and other towns in the East African country, attracting supporters across the board: young and old every, cart pushers to blue chip managers pushing million dollar deals, all have embraced the league.
It is not strange to find primary school children passionately and authoritatively discussing who scored what goal in last night’s match, in which minute—or who is getting transferred to which team, at what cost.
Some parents have even named their children after football players or the home grounds of Premiership teams.
All these are hogwash and the whole damn premier league can be shut down for all he cares according to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.
On Wednesday while he was commissioning the Baralegi Presidential Demonstration Farm in Okwang Sub-county, Otuke District, Lango sub-region, the 73 year old leader scolded the media for ‘wasting’ precious airtime showing non-issues like the English Premier League.
According to him Ugandan youths and African youth in extension should embrace farming instead of wasting ‘hundreds of hours’ glued to TV screens.
His sentiment however did not win him any trophy or many followers like Arsenal and Chelsea (He has 811,000 followers in a country with over 42million) and some tweeps took time to tell off the non-English Premier League fan who believes he will resurrect after he dies.
Others also seize the chance to jeer at supporters of relegated clubs.
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