By Daniel Edyegu
The fun was meant to start at 6pm! By then, however, the venue of the fiesta at Thatch gardens in Mbale town barely had anybody. All the empty plastic chairs at the venue were still propped around tables.
This was understandable. The Bell fiesta, a thrilling idea which blends various fun activities like timed dribbling, inflatable goal penalty shootouts and foosball, had coincided with Akagoma, another fete involving various popular artists organised by Step fm at Mbale Municipal stadium.
And both fetes were scheduled at the same time though the latter only went in to early the evening.
The Mbale people, being the fun-lovers they are, opted to start the enjoyment at Akagoma and crawl to Thatch gardens later in the night to conclude the do.
By 10:45pm, the stage was already set for fanfare as the venue filled to capacity. As some revellers swarmed the foosball tables to take on opponents in the game, others watched stage performances by various local artists and dance groups.
The penalty shootouts into the inflatable goal post bearing round holes, kick-started the moment!
Eight revellers with a bottle or can of Bell beer were each given a chance to strike into the inflatable goalpost and each score had sh2000 on it. Only one man and lady managed to get the ball through the hole.
At 11pm the six teams were fielded to compete for sh400, 000 in the inflatable shootouts. Out of these, Tigers Football Club and X Football Club advanced to the finals – but it was Tiger FC that carried the day after defeating their opponents with a goal scored by Andrew Auki during the game.
“It was fun! I’m a footballer but I had never participated in this kind of soccer. We are happy with our victory and deserved it,” Auki said.
Robert Nsibirwa, the Bell lager brand manager handed over the sh400,000 to the victors plus Bell branded T-shirts and caps.
For managing to outwit their former opponents in the knock out stages to clinch the second position on the table, each of the X Football Club player was availed a Bell branded T-shirt and cap.
The party peaked with Cindy Sanyu’s performance at 1:15am and bang - it was over!