My Rwanda Diary Day 3: Free booze, fish and a presser

By Emeka Dennar

The eagerly anticipated visit to the Rwanda Genocide Park did not see the light of the day after all.

We had concluded arrangements to go to the Park that morning before news filtered from the Super Eagles camp that the team will have their pre-match presser by 11am local time (10am Nigerian Time) while their opponents; the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia will follow suit an hour later.

Eagles spokesman Toyin Ibitoye also confirmed that the team will train by 3:45pm after their opponents today, have concluded theirs. That automatically meant the proposed tour of the Genocide Park was put on hold at least for another 24-hours.

The cold in Rwanda had already taken its toll on me that morning as temperatures hit a low of 17 degrees Celsius prompting Catarrh, headache and vomiting.

The situation did not prevent me from heading to the Kigali stadium in Nyamirambo; a suburb of Kigali to listen to what Oliseh and his stuttering captain, Chima Akas had to say.

After arriving a few minutes behind schedule, the Eagles handler was quick to downplay his team’s chances, rating the Tunisian league as the best in Africa and describing the North Africans as the favourites.

When quizzed by a Tunisian journalist, Akas practically revealed his team’s plans today by telling the Press how tall the 2011 Champions are and how the Eagles intend to checkmate their potency in aerial balls.

Guinea, Tunisia and Niger also took their turn to address the journalists on ground.

With the Media parley over, it was time to return to camp and prepare for training ahead of the clash with Tunisia.

The Nigeria press had to stay back at the stadium to wait for the Eagles to return for training. While we were chilling out in a restaurant/bar opposite the Stadium, Olayinka Elebute of sighted Churchill Oliseh; the elder brother of Sunday. The powerful agent came over and was cheerfully greeted by most of the Lagos-based journalists who are very familiar with him. That was the first time I saw him in person.

In response, Churchill declared ‘’operation drink what you want”. I didn’t know Skool Lager still existed and it was an opportunity to taste it once again.

Obviously, it was fun hanging out with a famous agent with over 20 years of experience. Would have loved to continue, but duty called and we (Nigerian Journalists) had to go watch the Eagles strategize against Tunisia.

Training lasted for just one hour with all 23 players taking part.

Earlier in the day, I had missed a call from Mr. Ombachi; a Kenyan national who lives and works in Kigali. We sat next to each other in the plane from Nairobi to Kigali. It was only natural that I returned his call.

Ombachi asked me to meet him at Stella VIP bar and restaurant inside town. I even got their before him and ordered for potato chips with roasted fish which will serve for dinner.

It took almost eternity for my food to be served. It looked like they had gone to the river to catch the fish while I was waiting.

Ombachi came and we had fun while discussing some issues. He eventually left and invited me to lunch at his house tomorrow (Saturday, 23 January).

The next port of call was Eden Restaurant near Amahoro stadium where Ufuoma, Kelechi, a Ugandan Journalist called Clive and of course; Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) social media guru; Adetunji Toyosi. I hope I got the first name right.

It was time for another beer with the guys while discussing some football-related issues.

My prayer today is for Super Eagles to fly higher than the Carthage Eagles so we can ‘jollificate’ very well.

Kickoff is 2pm Nigerian time!

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  1. That's why the team needs a spokesman other than the captain. I saw how well they did their checkmating. Hahahahaah! The Tunisians scored via that same problem. So what was he talking about?

    And Emeka, why do u keep complaining about their food sef? If no be the taste, then is its preparation. Make dem no deport u b'cos of food o.

    If na 9ja wey Oliseh declare drinks ehn, we for end am o. Instead wey drink go waste, make belle burst...that's the slogan this side.. boys go begin whisper,"omo, make we give am shortage". Hahahahaha!

    Finally, I hope sey u no go complain for ya friend house o. That will be the height of it.

    Stay safe big bros!

    *Ghanaman signing out*