The talking points of yesterday’s show
Harambee Starlets Sex Scandal
Just when you thought there was something to smile about in Kenyan football, allegations of a sex scandal surface in the starlets’ camp. According to Mike’s investigations, and this is Mike Okinyi we are talking about, the Owaah of sports, some of the players have sexual relations with some coaches. While npot illegal in any way, it just goes against the unspoken rules of sports just as Arnold put it. It just brings about unnecessary conflict as interest; a coach would favour their partner even she isn’t performing. Lawrence Webo, the goal-keeping coach has been named in the scandal and has since been sidelined but FKF states that he is still part of the technical team. We’ll just have to wait for the findings of the investigations. Who knows, #thisiskenya, more relations may just be unearthed. @AlexNgare suggested that we the whole technical team should be made up of women. While it is a good idea, it isn’t practical as not many are qualified.
Nick Mwendwa’s aspiration as FKF chairman was to build Kenyan football from the ground-up; in terms of both youth and grass-root football. It is great to see that for once everything, with regards to the trials, selection and even age verification, has been done as should be ahead of their trip to for the COSAFA tournament. They are in group B together with Zambia, Malawi and Madagascar. People will just want to see their performance under newly appointed technical director Andreas Spier. Wins and all hail FKF. Losses and Kenyans will criticize all their efforts of getting to the 2022 world cup.
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Finally, Diallo has pulled a Situmbeko on AFC Leopards. The Interim Secretary General Asava Kadima did everything but explain the logic of “their” player playing for Rayon after his contract was over yet he had preliminary registration with FKF. If clubs can’t get away with such crimes against football, then players shouldn’t. It’s good to know that they will take action. Hope the new management team, to be elected on Sunday, will take up the case. Kadima clearly stated that the new team should change the new constitution and manage the club as a business and not a social gathering.
Soccer Africa had their first episode of the new season aired yester night. You can watch the repeat later on in the day. That’s all for today, have a great Friday.
Portugal won only one match inside 90 minutes in their journey to the final, their 2-0 semi-final win over Wales. They got into the last 16 as one of the best losers. Won against Croatia in extra time and had to go to penalties to win against Poland. Eder ,the match-winner, had only scored 3 goals in his last 28 caps. Such is the cruelty of football or its beauty depending on the how you look at your glass.
Purists vs Pragmatists
So I kinda get the purists point of view when they say they would have loved France t win the tournament. But I would also disagree because they, the purists would have been more excited if Germany were in the final and eventual winners of the tournament. In the final, Portugal did exactly what France did in their semi against Germany; they defended well and as a unit even with Umtiti earning only his second cap at the heart of defense. To me, this is a pragmatic approach. To realize that your opponent is “stronger” and accept that you might not necessarily beat them but you will win the match. It is more practical. So away with purity and let’s just win matches. That’s the ultimate goal of playing football.
Shockingly, they also did not go down without a fight. They toiled to the last sweat,probing when they had the chance to. Despite they defensive discipline they have Griezmann (who missed chances he normally would have slotted in calmly), the post, which saw off Gignac’s effort and Rui Patricio, who kept them in the games after a series of fine saves.
The players appreciated the pep talk given to them by their leader CR7 at halftime and well beyond it. He practically acted as an assistant coach. He most definitely would have loved to contribute more but his injury in the first 5 minutes into the game denied him a chance to make a direct impact in the game.
As Deschamps admitted later on, France will have themselves to blame. They were facing a side that didn’t have their mercurial captian for 80+ minutes. They had chances they couldn’t take and home support that easily acted as the 12th man. In Griezmann, Payet, Koscieny, Giroud and co. , were a squad which played well both individually and as a team. Where individual frailties were exposed, team-ethic prevailed. Heck they even had a player valued at 100 million pounds on the pitch. Yet they failed when it mattered most.
Congrats to Portugal for the win. We now await the crowning of Roro, as we call him here in Kenya, as this year’s Ballon D’ Or winner.