Kenya Scrape through in TZ

Being that this is the first time in two or three years Kenya actually got to the stage of kicking the football around against their opponents on the field in their attempts to win back the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup that they only just scraped through into the quarter-finals on the back of finishing third in a group of four and recording their sole victory over a Somalia team that were never really more than the whipping boys of the group should again raise a few questions about where Kenyan football has been headed ever since the heady heights of winning their first ever match on Africa’s highest stage at the Africa Cup Nations back in 2004. despite coming into the tournament one of the favourites and generally recognised as one of the strongest squads at the tournament even without most of their European based stars, the Harambee Stars first fell 2-1 to the hosts, Tanzania in a game they had a number of chances of winning and were then stunned 1-0 by a previously unfancied Burundi side before they made some effort at compensating for the previous matches by beating Somalia 2-0 in a match which saw their first goals to result from open play (the consolation against Tanzania being as a result of a penalty)

Kenya now find themselves facing a quarter-final clash against Uganda, who have been in considerably better form not only in this tournament but over the past few years, and will be definitely have to raise their game for this match lest they risk elimination from the tournament now that there is no more room for error left in the tournament. Bigger performances on the pitch from the Likes of Allan Wanga in attacking and relative veterans in the squad Andrew Oyombe in defence to name just a few to get into the semi-fials.

Although it may be easy to heap the blame on the coaching when the going gets tough one has to remember that while the current head coach Jacob ‘ghost’ Mulee may not Alex Ferguson, or Jose Mourinho, he certainly is not solely responsible for less than perfect results from the boys considering that he had only a fortnight at most to work with the squad and two hastily arranged friendly matches against Oman in the week before arriving in Tanzania one can see some of the symptoms of a rather undercooked squad starting the tournament performing at less than one hundred percent and with the usual troubles of allowance payments rearing their head even as Kenya prepared for their do or die clash with Somalia a number of questions have to be answered by the board which is still fighting with rebel factions over its legitimacy to run Kenyan Football ,an issue that not only was at the centre of the bungled preparations for the regional U17 football tournament but was cited as a key factor in their missing out on a potentially luctrative sponsorship deal from EABL on how serious they are on taking Kenyan football into the future and until these questions are decidedly answered there is only so far Kenay as a footballing nation can expect to go.


Author: kimemiamaina

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