Paul Kagame frustrated by Arsenal defeat

Rwandan President and Arsenal fan Paul Kagame has vented his frustration at the club’s shock defeat.

Arsenal was defeated by a newly promoted club on the opening day of the English Premier League season.

Brentford, after a 74-year absence from top-tier football won 2-0 against Arsenal.

Paul Kagame often comments on the Gunners a club sponsored by his government.

After Friday’s away game, he tweeted with a lot of frustration.

“We just must NOT excuse or accept mediocrity. A team has to be built with purpose to win win win.”

In two further rapid-fire tweets, he demanded “a plan that really works.”

He lamented that “fans don’t deserve to kind of get used to this”.

Since 2018, the Rwandan government has had a controversial sponsorship deal worth more than £30m.

This involves a “Visit Rwanda” logo displayed on Arsenal shirt sleeves.

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Paul Kagame criticized

Critics have said it is an example of the authoritarian leader of a poor, African country subsidising a wealthy football club.

But the Rwandan government says the sponsorship more than pays for itself over in tourism revenue.

Under President Kagame, the landlocked country has recovered from ethnic strife and genocide in the 1990s.

In 2018 the World Bank praised its “remarkable development successes”.

But Paul Kagame has faced criticism at home and abroad over its political and human rights record.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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