Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Kenyan Football: Are we out of the woods yet ?

Over the weekend, Kenyan football witnessed some interesting times. (Yes I'm back at you KFF !)
One of the country's oldest rivalries was renewed when AFC Leopards met Gor Mahia for the Jamhuri Cup- what I call Kenya's 'el classico'! Interestingly, the former who have been languishing in the lower rungs of the football scene gave Gor a run for their money. But as history is bound to repeat itself, there were contentious decisions made which ended up ruining the rest of the game and the teams shared the spoils (and the trophy too).
Fans shouted down the match officials and even ran into the main stadium causing confusion to the whole affair. Disgraceful to say the least !
It's about time clubs learnt to control their fans while they play other teams moreso their arch-rivals. Results don't always go your way and you can't win them all. As SuperSports continues dedicating time and money to the KPL, they must also reciprocate by putting their house in order.
(Check out SuperSports' Head of Africa Mr. Gary Rathbone's interview with EA Standard here)
By the way, can they explore ways of punishing clubs with errant fans (though few clubs have home grounds,maybe closed-door games would be more effective)

Still on Kenyan football, the KFF decided to settle on Francis Kimanzi as Harambee Stars manager albeit quietly. Why did they take so long deciding the obvious ? And do we expect a good performance after only 2 weeks camp and no international friendlies ? We try push our luck at times too much !

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