After Kenya went down 2-1 to Zambia recently, there was hue and cry on the social media walls and timelines. Before the match I went onto my facebook page and put up a post that might have looked like a wet blanket but I was proved right. I did not expect Kenya to win though I knew Zambia could lose the match. In short, our win was dependent on Zambia making mistakes.
I know there are many factors that contribute to a loss in football. To single out one person may look simplistic but today I will ask FKF to fire Bobby Williamson before they hold elections in November.
Let us look at the match against Zambia. As much as Zambia can be classified as a football powerhouse in Africa, we saw that they are beatable. Where did Williamson go wrong? He missed it in squad selection. The players we saw on the pitch are not the best we have and are not the type to take us to the African Cup of Nations.
There was talk of how the players went partying amidst other scandals from their camp at Mvuli Hotel next to Nyayo Stadium. This is lack of leadership from the coach and captain. One factor that determines the productivity of a team is leadership, and the stories we got proves that the squad lacks leadership in abundance.
If the coach cannot lead the squad off the pitch, then don’t expect him to lead from the touchline or his captain to command the squad on the pitch. Victor Mugabe was not fit to play that match; if he was fit then Williamson played him out of position. As a captain, he performed below par which left the whole team was rudderless.
The other reason why I believe the coach is clueless is in my analysis of what he tried to achieve that day. It seems he had no idea of the capacity of the Zambian side. After he conceded to our lack of creative midfielders since John “Mo” Muiruri and Jamal Mohammed faded out it was evident that he should not focus on Kenya playing good football. The focus was to get good results.
Teams that focus on results by being pragmatic and functional are less vulnerable. This means that we always focus on winning single games as such an attitude cannot win titles. That is pragmatism, with the kind of talent and FA in place in Kenya, we don’t expect to win titles just yet. So we cannot go to a match with an offensive mindset that leaves us vulnerable.
This clearly means that Williamson is not fully aware of the Kenyan football landscape in terms of talent. We have some good effective defensive talent in Kenya, that Olum-Mandela combination in central defense is an insult to the football fraternity.
I will commend four players for putting on a good show, David Owino, Michael Olunga, Denis Odhiambo and man of the match, Ayub Timbe Masika. If Williamson had looked well in KPL for a few more legs to fight for spears and shield, we could have scratched a draw. Paul Were, Olum, and Denis Oliech have not been playing competitive football in the past few months, calling them and giving them starting role was suicidal.
In conclusion, Williamson has proved unable to maximize on the available talent in Kenya. The rule of the thump in qualifying for AFCON is - do not lose at home. We have one leg in the ditch, let FKF smell the grass and act.