Despite the loss, Harambee Stars still my idols


The game was vivacious… even the recurrent downpour could not dampen my spirits.  I had not been to the stadium to watch a football game in a long, long, long time.  Trust me, I’ll be back for the next game.

Harambee stars deserved to win the game against Tunisia.  They clearly outplayed the Tunisians having more shots on target and corners.

I remember being on my feet for a better part of the game as the ball made contact with Dennis Oliech’s magic boots.

Patrick Oboya’s substitution (albeit late) brought lacking zest to the pitch. The two goals that we conceded were as a result of defensive blunders.  Even though Macdonald Mariga was neat in possession, the midfield lacked cohesion.

I know it’s a tall order but I wish the Stars luck in their subsequent games.

But, before I go back to watch football at any of our stadia, Football Kenya Limited needs to put its house in order.

I arrived at the Coca Cola stadium one and a half hours to kick off, confident that the Sh1,000 ticket I had purchased (way in advance) would grant me smooth access to the Center Stand.

Little did I know…

When I lined up to gain entry to the stadium, we were rudely informed that the Main Stand was filled to capacity.  Huh? I asked.  Everyone in my queue had a ticket for the Center Stand, but we soon learnt that we were not the only ones who were to gain access there.  How could the VIP seats have been oversold?

Luckily for me, I was in the company of an ‘influential’ pal called Joshua.  Just when I was about to despair and head to the nearest pub to watch the game on television, he managed to secure me entry to the stadium.

It dawned on me that this wasn’t the Emirates.  Here, you need to grease hands to comfortably gain access to the stadium – even with a fully paid ticket!

Whoever’s in charge needs to get fired.  I could see frustration in enthusiastic football fans who had turned up to cheer the home team.  The Stars need our support but you are frustrating this by your poor management.

After the wearisome game, I headed back to Nairobi West where fans were venting their anger on the coach Antoine Hey.  I would say give the man a chance.  We’ve given him a rope, let him hang himself.

I’ve also been advised by a colleague to ask Prime Minister Raila Odinga to manage the Orange Democratic Movement and leave football alone. He personally picked the new coach Antoine Hey and downplayed the axing of four Mathare United players. He may mean good, but the FKL company he is keeping, is indisputably misleading him.

My condolences go out to the people of Ivory Coast after Sunday’s stampede in an Abidjan stadium that left at least 19 people dead during a World Cup match featuring top European-based stars.

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