On a day that AFC Leopards’ fans showed up at “Tok Komwanda” in intimidating numbers, their technical bench sabotaged a good chance for silverware in a season that they need to redeem their spots. May be I am punching the wrong bag yet Sofapaka came out with a hunger for continental football next year, and walked into the final with a 2-0 win.
Someone at AFC Leopards’ has his thinking hat on. When I heard from an insider that Ingwe will be holding weekly pressers in their magnificent Upperhill office, I was impressed. Something new to look up to every week in the predictable Kenyan football scene is more than welcome. I have a rider though, but before I turn into a wet blanket, let me emphasize that it is a good idea.
Football is funny or let me say hilarious to honour my English. Like many sports disciplines, many times, potential and promising has not developed into a polished talent. When it comes to explaining why George ‘blackberry’ Odhiambo, Patila Omoto, or Ibrahim Kitawi never matured into the players we expected them to become, every opinion owner will paint a shade that is unique to their understanding of the game. There lies the problem with Kenyan football, too many hanging and unfounded answers to simple problems.
This week I received news that a relative of mine needs a house help like yesterday. I visited with them a few weeks ago and they had a mboch- as we like to call them, so what went wrong? Apparently, the moment she paid her July salary, she packed up her clothes, woke up very early and went through her chores but stopped at making tea. She left the tea on the fire and vanished.
Football fans on the wrong side of the globe are walking zombies. Brazil 2014 World Cup matches come in the hours when people should be enjoying their sleep. This has led to many people going around their business the next day in various sleep deprived states. So what are the effects of this on the society for the one month of World Cup? First, production will go down. Passionate football fans tend to be passionate about life and work in general. When they are not energized enough, their output will reduce.
In a story that looks straight from the children’s bookstore, AFC Leopards’ is in a tight corner. The club is named after a big cat that rarely finds itself in such a situation but for Ingwe, things do not look spotty on and off the playing field. The 5-1 drubbing of SoNy Sugar FC was like a break from a snare. This came after former club chairman and Webuye Member of Parliament Alfred Sambu stepped in to pull one paw of a besieged big cat from the grip of the snare. They had lost or drew most of the matches this season.
I tend to look at football as a way of life as opposed to just a game. I have come to respect the Classic FM business model, though I have a problem with Maina and King’ang’i in the Morning. My beef with the two is on their content but I admire their approach. It made me look back to how the station started and how it has grown.