Here we go again


NAIROBI, Kenya, September 10- There is never any shortage of drama whenever Harambee Stars head into camp and the last fortnight has been no different.Before Stars headed to Guinea Bissau, they had to switch training bases from the traditional Kasarani Stadium to the upscale serene surroundings of Karen.

Then they had to contend with the truancy of Auxerre striker Dennis Oliech who barely kicked a ball in training but boarded the plane to West Africa.

Then there was the alleged mutiny by some players who favoured Oliech as captain rather than Robert Mambo who was appointed by the team management.

If that wasn’t enough, Stars 1-0 loss was blamed on apparent disconnect between Oliech and fellow leading light MacDonald Mariga, a claim which both players have since denied stating that their failed partnership on the pitch does not reflect their off field relationship.

Its appalling that Football Kenya Limited (FKL) thought it wise to cover up their own failings by blaming Oliech and Mariga for the loss yet their ill logistical preparations were fully responsible for the result against the tiny West African nation which is ranked 188th by FIFA.

They made a mess of Stars travel arrangements which saw the trip delayed by a day and eventually the team arrived in Guinea Bissau hours before kick off

Even for a team with immense talent like ours, that is not ideal preparation even if we were going to play a village side.

FKL have shot themselves in the foot by trying to drive a wedge between our top players instead of taking the fall for shoddy preparations.

The media (myself included) should also be blamed for not taking the company to task in regards to the buildup to the match which they were aware of months in advance.

New Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Paul Otuoma did not mince his words earlier this week when he pointed out that some federations are being run like private entities and not to the benefit of the athletes.

He promised that it will just be a matter of time before he implements new policies governing how sports bodies are run and that the introduction of the Sports Bill for debate in Parliament is his primary aim.

We just hope that Otuoma’s words are not the usual hot air given by his predecessors and that sanity is restored before Stars next Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda at home on October 9.