Although football broadcasts are usually occasions of fun coupled with moments of drama due to the high-intensity action on the pitch, there was drama for the most parts of it and not due to the on-field action itself. Notably, during the live broadcast of the Uganda vs Mali football match, a man who was attending the game, stood right in front of the camera which blocked the view of the game for those watching television.
The reported incident wasn't just for one or two seconds but continued for a while before the man was eventually asked to move away from the camera. The match was being aired on the State Broadcaster Uganda Broadcasting Corporation.
The match then was carried on smoothly after the incident and Uganda failed to reach the top of Group E of the World Cup qualifiers after a goalless draw with Mali who continue to lead the group.
The incident is going viral on the internet.
Check out a glimpse of the view fans got on their television sets:
Mali are the Group E toppers with as many as four points, while Kenya, who managed a 1-1 draw against Rwanda on Sunday, are second in the table with two points. While Uganda have the same number of points, Kenya edge them to take the second sport. Uganda are third while Rwanda are at the bottom of the table with just a solitary point.
While Uganda had started well with defender Isaac Muleme's freekick after nine minutes but Mali's goalkeeper Ibrahim Mounkoro was up to the task and managed to tip it over the goal post. Later in the 28th minute, Mali's Adama Traore missed a free-kick from close range after the opponent defender Murushid Juuko had fouled not far away from the box. Juuko was later handed a yellow card for a poor challenge at the 34th minute.
Although the two teams came in with full intensity to break the deadlock in the second half, neither team tasted success and the result was a 0-0 draw. Mali wouldn't be too pleased either since they couldn't score despite Uganda being reduced to 10-man with Juuko receiving a red in the 65th minute itself.