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November 17, 2018

Glad for Arsenal but this Amrouche situation saddens Kenyans

Ethiopia's Foad Abas (L) vies with Kenya's Noah Wafula during their opening match of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Cup football tournament in Nairobi on November 27, 2013.
Ethiopia's Foad Abas (L) vies with Kenya's Noah Wafula during their opening match of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Cup football tournament in Nairobi on November 27, 2013.

Too hot to handle! That is how I describe Arsenal right now. The Gunners are too hot to handle and are showing no sign of slowing down. It was unfortunate that Arsene Wenger’s boys lost 1-0 to Manchester United recently but again that was a little wake up call to the boys not to become complacent. Against Southampton last weekend, Arsenal showed belief. It was our best performance this season and yes we were gifted the goal by the Saints keeper, but it’s about grinding out the results. Arsenal may not yet be in the Champions League round of 16, but I’m not worried about that. Napoli have to beat Arsenal by at least three goals to nil for the Gunners not to go through and what are the odds of that happening? At the very worst Arsenal will finish second in the group, but I’m banking on Marseille feeling so embarrassed about not winning a single group game, to spoil Dortmund’s party at the last hurdle. Even though I want Arsenal to win the final game against Napoli, a draw and a Marseille win would be very interesting. It would kick Borussia Dortmund out of the competition completely. It would be nice to see them suffer!

I want to address a very serious issue now involving Kenyan football. The Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup kicked off on Wednesday in Nairobi and I was very disturbed not to see Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche on the touchline. I tried to call him to find out where he was but he was mteja; probably because he did not want to be reached. Reports have it that he hasn’t been paid for the past four months and that saddens me. We all said “good riddance” when Henri Michel left because he hadn’t achieved anything with the Stars, but it was sad that his departure was also brought about by the federation not paying him his salary over several months. Amrouche was also reportedly upset at players not having received their allowances. We seem to be expecting miracles from our national team but the hell they go through to just make it to the pitch to represent the country is shameful. We are boasting about hosting a huge Cecafa

Championship but cannot look after the players we need to win this for us; or the coach for that matter. I have massive respect for assistant coach James Nandwa and I hope he does well. He did well for us when he took charge of the team in Kampala last year, reaching the final of the same tournament, but if he’s good enough for Cecafa and we really can’t afford a national team coach, then why don’t we just hire Nandwa full time. I know we need an Amrouche, but can we afford one? This is such a mess and I challenge the president of the federation Sam Nyamweya to sort it out. Either Amrouche is the Stars coach and should be paid so he can actually work on the team, or he isn’t and we need to move onto plan “B.” Either way, sort this out Sam! Announce that Amrouche has left or can we please see him taking charge of the Stars, with his issues having been sorted out. Talk to me on @CarolRadull on twitter or www.facebook.com/CarolRadull

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