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September 20, 2018

Kenya's failed Stars not solely to blame in my opinion

David Owino (L) of Kenya vies against Tsebo Seturumane of Lesotho during their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) return leg qualifier match at Nyayo National Stadium on August 3, 2014.The match ended 0-0.Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.pic-centre.com (KENYA)
David Owino (L) of Kenya vies against Tsebo Seturumane of Lesotho during their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) return leg qualifier match at Nyayo National Stadium on August 3, 2014.The match ended 0-0.Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.pic-centre.com (KENYA)

Arsenal play against Manchester City tomorrow but I’ll discuss that game in tomorrow’s predictions. The issue that’s weighing on all our minds right now is Harambee Stars and the fate of local football.

I do not have the solution for what is wrong with football in this country but I think I’ve earned my right to give my opinion so I will.

There are several issues wrong with our football and I’ll list as many as I can before I run out of my 500 words allocation.

Management – if you have been watching closely, the management of football in this country has improved slightly, but it’s no-where near the level it should be.

To credit the federation, they paid the players on time, but that shouldn’t be something they demand credit for because it’s a basic responsibility. They ensured that internationals were flown in as per the request of the coach, but sometimes the federation should use reason and not just show blanket support for something that doesn’t make sense.

Bringing Dennis Oliech in at the 11th hour to start him in the game, wasn’t a wise decision. If he was being brought to offer morale to the rest of the playing unit, that would be okay, but not as a starter. Dennis arrived on Saturday evening from France via Amsterdam, but had a child’s birthday party to attend on Saturday evening.

On such a crucial evening, he did not sleep in camp or bond with the rest of the squad. That is unacceptable, but both the coach and the federation accepted it.

Harambee Stars played just five internationals this year, four qualifiers and one friendly, and for that I blame the federation. The players need regular friendlies in order to improve. It was obvious Adel Amrouche did not get along with his assistant James Nandwa and that could not have been healthy for the playing unit. After rushing to sack everyone and their relative on Sunday evening, FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya rushed to appoint Bobby Williamson as coach.

However the announcement came on Tuesday morning while Bobby was due to meet with FKF in the afternoon. The announcement also included an assistant and team manager who clearly hadn’t yet signed a contract.

I have no problem with Musa Otieno and Simeon Mulama, but why does the federation want to appoint everyone from the who will be in the starting line-up to who a coach’s deputy should be. All over the world national team coaches at least have a say of who his key men will be.

Bobby is no stranger to Kenya football and would have been fully capable of naming a deputy he knew shared his vision. We didn’t need a quick decision Nyamweya, we needed the right decisions. As someone said on social media, if Bobby takes the job, it will just be a couple of months before he’ll be complaining about one thing or another.

Lots more is wrong with Harambee Stars, and this is right from selecting big names who should, instead, be considering retirement to let in young hungry players like the squad that won Cecafa.

I’m out of words but the fact is this country does not lack in football talent. We need managers at the top who will organise the playing field and help the country grow.

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