In a world of moan
And my soul was a stagnant tide
Till the fair and gentle Eulalie became my blushing bride-
Till the yellow-haired young Eulalie became my smiling bride.”
Reading Eulalie reminds us of two crucial events last weekend. Both entwined in moaning and smiling.
It is partly due to his determination that he helped create a new generation of players who saw this Sunday victory in the same town where the 1993 tragedy occurred. Sadness was turned into joy. But that was opposite to what happened to the extremely gifted African American singer, found dead in a Los Angeles hotel bath. I recall when Whitney Houston burst on the scene. In 1987 I was on a music tour across Europe when I met this slim, good looking singer from Kenya.
Unlike the Zambian story which starts from pain, sorrow and loss to happiness and laughter; Whitney Houston is achievement descending into doom and annihilation.
Zambia's legendary leader Keneth Kaunda laid down foundations for football in his country. He was seen in the match. One of a few African chiefs to have resigned peaceful. His legacy remains.