MUST WATCH FOOTBALL SHOWS

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Hosted by Chiko Lawi, the show airs every Monday night between 8 and 9pm on Super Sport and focuses on matches played in the Sportpesa sponsored Kenya Premier League over the weekend. The regular panelists are Jacob Ghost Mulee who needs no introduction and Gilbert Selebwa, former AFC leopards and Congo United coach and the current Kakamega Homeboys U-20 coach. The third is normally Musa Otieno, current assistant coach of the national team, an invited guest or a coach in the KPL.

Monday Football

Hosted by the trio of Mike Okinyi, Bernard Ndong’ and Wahiga Mwaura, the show airs every Monday on Citizen T.V. from 1.30pm to around 2:30 pm. Involves all matters football from international level to local grass-root football. They host local football clubs in studio and at times even go to their stadia, example when they became the first show in the country to use a drone in airing a live show at Oserian FC. They’ve even been to my back yard at Camp Toyoyo grounds when they interviewed players and staff of Jericho All Stars. It is, in my opinion the best football show in the country.

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Mchakamchaka

Hosted by Ali Hassan Kauleni, this show offers you insightful thoughts on matters Kenyan football in Swahili. It airs on Tuesday night.

Simba Super Soccer

If you want to know the happenings of Kenyan football and their footballers off the pitch then this is definitely the show for you. Also hosted by Chiko Lawi, the show airs every Thursday from 8-9pm. Regular panelists include Mike Okinyi and Arnold Kanyang’onda with Kwalimwa and alternating. It’s without a doubt the most informative football show in the country. #SSKPL

Monday Night Football

The show airs every Monday night and analyses all the matches played over the weekend in the English Premier League.

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Soccer Africa

This is the Simba Super Soccer of African football. Hosted by Sizwe Mabena, with Jeff Katala, TK and Idah Peterson, one couldn’t ask for more experienced and qualified panelists. They share plenty of jokes too especially Jeff and the pastor. It covers the PSL, CAF Champions League and any other major football news in the continent sharing invaluable opinion on the trending topics. This show has definitely introduced me to African football.

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FEBRUARY FOOTBALL REVIEW

A summary if what happened in the football world in the month of February

Most important news first is that FIFA has a  new president in the man Gianni Infantino who among, other things, has promised to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup and more importantly the number of African Countries form 5 to 7. Back home, our football delegates showed the rest of Kenya how we should vote by electing Nick Mwendwa who has immediately embarked on the task of getting us to the 2022 World Cup. And a youthful side is what he believes should do the job for us.

In the EPL, my team, Arsenal, continue to disappoint. The victories over Burnley, Bournemouth and even the spectacular one against Leicester weren’t enough to keep us at the top of the table as we drew against Soton and were painfully beaten by Chelsea and United. The later fielding players from their youth academy. It sort of watered down the victory against League Leaders Leicester who seem will wake up from their fairy tale at the while at the top come May.

Chelsea are still yet to lose a match under Hiddink, Mancity lost all matches while West Ham continue to pursue a top-four finish alongside United and Liverpool who as at now are separated from man city with just 6 points. Villa seem to have their fate sealed though, as we have seen this season, anything can happen since they only are 7 points below relegation. Most shocking is the fact that the Eagles (Crystal Palace) have only won one match in 2016.

The greatest highlight was when Messi did a Cruyff by laying off a penalty to Suarez in their 6-1 win over Celta. Considering that he did it when he had a chance to score his 300th goal makes it even more beautiful. People said it was disrespectful but I think we are so much inclined on the professional side of football that we forget that it doesn’t harm if in achieving that you throw in a bit of  entertainment.

Off the pitch, Serge Aurier decided to bite the hand that feeds him after stating all manner of expletives about his coach, the man who believed in him and brought him to the club, and his teammates. And that even some african greats are defending him continues to shock me. It was wrong and he knows it and defending him doesn’t do anything to help the young man as some think. You can’t say such things about any human being let alone your coach and teammates. How does he even face them during the training sessions even after his serves his suspension?

Cristiano also decided to be all to candid about why Real aren’t at the top of the La Liga table. And yes, we all let it slide ‘cause it’s Cristiano Ronaldo but to me that is very disrespectful to your teammates who look up to you as a leader.

That’s all for now. Promise you I will do it sooner than I have done this time.