Two African countries are spilling the ashes already and the battlefield is on Twitter. Zimbabwe and Uganda are little above 2,100 km apart and like most African countries, both have experienced their unwholesome share of economic and political upheavals. The latest war isn’t really about the use of sophisticated weapons and military as to lead to the destruction of lives and properties, rather it is the tweeter war. The battlefield however is on Wednesday on the field of play as both nations lock horns at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Much of the bragging is coming from Ugandan supporters after their team defeated DR Congo in their opening match last weekend. Zimbabwe on the other hand had lost one nil to host nation, Egypt in a pulsating encounter. For once, individuals following the Twitter thread, #UGAZIM may just be aware that Zimbabwe’s flag has a bird on it that doesn’t look like a bird, just as a twitter user wrote hilariously, “my country can’t lose to a nation where they can’t even get right the perfect drawing for a bird”.
Another twitter user, Jonam's Princess gave a rather solemn but factual reality to the trend, “After trolling each other in the #UGAZIM we shall all go back to the reality of our poverty stricken countries.” Some debated about having the most beautiful women as if that was the yardstick to finding the back of the net or voodoo for great football.
Both countries aren’t particularly powerhouses as far as Football is concerned on the African continent. Zimbabwe is currently ranked 109 on the latest ranking, while Uganda is 80 on the list. On paper, Uganda has a better chance of winning, however, it is the team that is most hungry that will get the results in a group with Egypt and DR Congo.
The Twitter war is for fans and trolls, the real battle will be on the pitch. The outcome of Wednesday's game will definitely not be the end of the war on Twitter. Ultimately, it is better to troll and spit on social media with for football games or hilarious stuff than engage in ethnic, religious war that destroys. By the way, there were no borders between us until the partition of Africa.
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