On Sunday (10 February) the Central African Republic;s football champions 'Olympique-Real', defeated the visiting Ugandan Army team 4-0 in a one-sided match at the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium in Bangui, the nation's capital.
On Sunday (10 February) the Central African Republic;s football champions 'Olympique-Real', defeated the visiting Ugandan Army team 4-0 in a one-sided match at the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium in Bangui, the nation's capital. It was a qualifying match for the All-Africa Football Championship Cup. But 'Olympique-Real' need to find the same form in the return match in KIampala in April before they qualify for the next round.
The C.A.R. club team's performance contrasts sharply with the country's national team, which unlike Uganda, failed to qualify for the 9th African Cup of Nations Tournament to be held in Cairo in March.
During the first half of Sunday's game Olympique Real, after holding early Ugandan attacks, dominated the field, with skilful running and accurate passing. The Olympique strikers missed few chances. The first goal came after the Olympique winger ran the ball down the left wing to cross into the penalty area where a team-mate headed in first time to make the score 1-00. A few minutes later the Ugandan's were unlucky to go two down when a mis-directed shot slipped in off the post. But Olympique made victory seem certain when soon afterwards when they scored a third goal following a corner. The teams went into the dressing rooms at half time with the score 3-00. The break did little to restore the Ungandan morale.
The second half saw the Olympians solidly defending their three goal lead. Near the end of the match they consolidated their victory to putting a forth goal in the net.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday, the Central African Republic's league champions, Olymoique Real, met the Ugandan army team in an elimination match in the African Clubs Soccer Cup Championship. The match was held at the Bangui club's home ground, Barthelemy Boganda Stadium. It is the country's largest football ground.
Before the kick-off both teams were presented to a senior representative of the Republic's government. The two linemen were Cogolese, while the referee was from Cameroon.
The Ugandans were in the lighter strip. In the first half, they were to play form the right hand and of the pitch.
The two teams -- one from French-speaking Africa and the other from English-speaking Africa -- had never met before. For the first few minutes, both sides seemed more concerned to assess each other's abilities than to mount a serious attack. But Olympique Real's skill with the ball soon showed. The Ugandan's were getting less and less of the ball.
The first crack in the Ugandan defence was created by a move from deep in Olympique Real's half. From mid-field, the ball was passed out to the left winger who carried it up the Ugandan touch-line before crossing into the goal mouth for an Olympique striker to head in first time.
The crowd went mad. This match was to restore their pride in the country's footballers. Last July the national team was humiliated in a five-one defeat by the Ivory Coast in the African Nations Cup qualifying rounds. Now their club was beaten by a team from Uganda -- one of the eight countries to qualify in next month's Nations Cup Tournament.
A few minutes later a lucky scrambled shot went in off the post to put Olympique Real two up.
The Ugandan defence was now thoroughly disorganised. Soon a neatly placed Olympique corner gave a mid-field player a clear shot form well outside the penalty area.
By their play Olympique Real well deserve their position as the country's league champions. In Barthelemy Boganda Stadium, their supporters were seeing one of the finest performances of the Club's career.
At half-time the Bangui club was still leading 3-0. the Ugandans came out for the second half refreshed and ready, it seemed, to pull a goal or two back. But the first half had taken too much from their stamina. Attack after attack wilted on Olympique's solid defence.... in the dying minutes of the game, Olympique broke out form defence to complete their triumph by scoring yet again.
The Ugandans were surprised by their defeat but they vowed to make the Republic's football skills better known internationally. This crushing victory makes Olympique Real strong favourites to qualify for the next round after the return match in Kampala.