SIMBA SUPER SOCCER 22/09 Highlights

AFC Leopards are broke

The National Executive Council of AFC Leopards met on Tuesday this week and among other things that show us the ugly side of the club is that they are now broke. We have talked a lot about the running of AFC Leopards and almost every other club. We need not waste more ink, or in this case, keystrokes on the matter, so let them sort themselves out. As Mike clearly pointed out, you know something is wrong when you have signed 18 players then sack them before their contracts end. More grave is the fact that they are now on their third coach. The panelists suggested that FKF should crack the whip on club who don’t subscribe to club licensing rules. But my question is, what moral authority does FKF have to do this if they haven’t complied with the Sports Act? Let’s just leave it at that.

Sundowns vs Zesco 2nd Leg

Zesco beat Sundowns 2-1 in the first leg of the semi-final of the CAF Champions League. They face each other in the second leg this Saturday. Of most concern for Sundowns and their supporters is the fact that they have been playing too many games and their federation isn’t concerned with helping them. The teams form going into this match favor Zesco, as they are unbeaten in the last 12 matches. Owing largely to Pitso’s squad rotation, Sundowns have been shy on goal, scoring 2 in the last 4 matches. Zesco’s problem however hasn’t been in scoring goals but in conceding too many. They have conceded in literally all games since the group stage  even in those where they were leading comfortably as was the case against Al-Ahly both home and away. It’s a semi-final one can’t afford to miss.

Starlets 2nd in CECAFA

Harambee Starlets lost to Tanzania in the CECAFA women’s final. The panelists all blamed mental strength, attitude and overconfidence for that loss. Everyone agreed that their toughest opponent to the final was Ethiopia and after they beat them 3-2, they thought they already had one hand on the trophy. Among other things, the panelists were against the printing of t-shirts inscribed the word “champions”, the luncheon the ladies were treated to on arrival and the road show. I see no problem in appreciating our team who finished second in that manner. Mike however pointed out that it was wrong for FKF president Nick Mwendwa to say that the team was nothing before they took office and rightly so because Nick’s team has only improved the logistics of the starlets. Everything else including the staff remains unchanged.

The panelists proposed that the team remain in camp till November and play more friendlies against Kenyan teams. Starlets are in Group A with Nigeria Ghana and Mali in the AFCON and will face Morocco and Cameroon in friendlies in preparation for the tournament.

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It was great to see Claudia and David ‘Calabar’ Owino on Soccer Africa last night. Think age cheating is bad in Kenya, how about a 23-year old Nigerian in Victor Emenayo who has a 14-year old son. The guy looks 50.

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MUST WATCH FOOTBALL SHOWS

Playback

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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