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September 20, 2018

EPL aside my plea to Kenya is let’s not plan to fail by failing to plan

Arsenal's head coach Arsene Wenger looks on ahead of the UEFA Champions League Play Off first leg match between Fenerbahce and Arsenal at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on August 21, 2013.
Arsenal's head coach Arsene Wenger looks on ahead of the UEFA Champions League Play Off first leg match between Fenerbahce and Arsenal at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on August 21, 2013.

I will never defect from Arsenal football club but sometimes I do envy the confidence of Manchester United supporters every time Arsenal are due to play the Manchester club.

And rightfully so. They have a good reason to feel so cocky about meeting Arsenal two more times this season. In the last ten matches between these two sides in all competitions, Manchester United have won seven and drawn two. Arsenal have just won once and you have to go back to May 2011 to get that Gunners’ victory. Even last season when United were at their worst, they still managed a win and a draw against us. Grrrrr.

It’s so frustrating but for the first time in a long time, I am a little more confident in meeting the Red Devils next month than I’ve been in a while.

Not confident enough to lose another bet to Maina Kageni, but confident nonetheless. For the most part January was an encouraging month with players like Olivier Giroud returning from injury with a bang! I believe we are yet to see the best of Theo Walcott following his earlier return but I’m confident. Gabriel Paulista was pretty good in his debut match for the Gunners but I still think manager Arsene Wenger needs to find a spot for Francis Coquelin. I will allow my Man United cousins to keep mocking us on social media and any and every platform they get; and allow the mighty Gunners to respond to them on the pitch on the 7th of March.

I want to speak a little about what’s been happening in Kenyan football because I’m mad and disgusted. Clearly talks have failed so it’s time for the government to step in and sort the issue out. On Monday Sports CS Hassan Wario gave the Federation and KPL 48 hours to sort out this two league mess or he would have to make an executive decision. Talks failed and clearly now it’s time for the government to “grow a pair” and fix the situation. Clearly neither side cares enough about football to back down as each party is protecting their own interests; but I hope and pray that when the government does step in; that football will win. We cannot have two leagues and we cannot continue to have discord in the management of football. I don’t see why FKF can’t allow KPL to manage the league this season as talks continue on what is best for the league. I am not against an 18 team league, but I am against anything that is hurriedly put together with no proof, in FKF’s case, that they can actually run the top flight league. Last season FKF couldn’t even ensure that we got team sheets for live GOtv Shield matches; so clearly they are not ready to run the league. Let’s plan properly guys because failing to plan is actually planning to fail. Talk to me on @CarolRadul on twitter or www.facebook.com/CarolRadull

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