Just been ambling through tip blog’s stats and apparently somebody clicked on it whilst Googling, Harambee Stars assistant coach, James Nandwa’s ethnic identity. For the record, I don’t know and couldn’t really give a damn. Gosh, what’s with the obsession of packing everyone and everything Kenyan into an airtight tribal cocoon?

The East Africa Cup and Premier League: Season 1 Review

Really this post should have come out last week and on blogger but if they do not like folks posting via Mobile phones then I’m not gonna let that hamper me.

Anyway, the inaugural season of the Cricket Kenya Run East Africa Cup and Premier League came to a close (well sort of) last week with only one of Kenya’s four representatives (Kongonis, in the 50 over E.A Cup) vying for glory.  Never mind the number of hurt egos in senior management this might cause, this should not cause the head honchos in Cricket Kenya to wrap things up and let the idea die (like the Sahara Elite League) it should be an eye opener to something that I reckon has been an elephant in the room for cricket in Kenya for the longest time.

I’ve been of the opinion that Kenya does not have the depth of playing resources to build the kind of team that we need to compete at this level never mind to fulfill the ambitions many of us still have for the game. We may have got away with it in the 1990s, but these days there are at least 4 Associates who by some lucky accident involving work permit court case on a handball player, and that whilst we were chasing each other up and down in court they were getting their youth set ups in order, have invariably more seasoned and exposed teams that we do. Ireland, Holland Scotland, and to a lesser extent Namibia are reaping the rewards of getting involved in competitions of Test nations (England and South Africa) and so on a certain level their national teams come more battle hardened than the best prodigies that come out the N.P.C.A. So hopefully these competitions will address that in the medium term. That aside we need loads more schools and institutions playing cricket so the level of competition needed to get into one of Kenya’s franchises rises and thus the quality of players they start with improves I’ve blogged enough about this in other posts so on to other matter

Off the field the support provided by SuperSport, Crown Berger, and various other corporates in a fantastic vote of confidence, hopefully the goodwill can be maintained going forward.

On a final note, maybe they should consider starting the tournament a month or so earlier so we don’t finish smack dab in the middle of a rainy season 🙂

Real quickie…

Been back in Kenya since mid July and figures i would post a quick one regards to the brief time online and to dust a few of the old cobwebs accumulating on this blog page.

First of all I am on twitter where i have been busy (@sportinkenya) so you can follow me there.

This will be a quick run through all the major events in Kenyan sports in the past month and a half.

The cricket team did well to pick up and away draw in Ireland and a comprehensive win against Canada in the Intercontinental Cup but put the ODI form esp with the increasingly frequent batting collapses is a major cause for concern

FKL should do better that organizing friendly matches on inconvenient dates in dubiously opaque situations. having friendlies at at all is a good thing but Mr Hey and co on the Harambee stars bench need to have more access to all their players so it would make sense to put the games on FIFA allocated dates to guarantee they are all available.

KPL season reaching its climax and Sofapaka have come from nowhere to not only rule the roost on top of the table but they are setting standards money wise. Old timers like Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards take note…

AK did us all proud with the third place finish at the IAAF World championships but surely How is it we could not produce a single athlete in any of the field events needs to be investigated. Can’t we even find a single championship quality long jumper at the very least

The Elgon Cup concludes this weekend and prospects for its future and in the balance money wise. Surely what are KRFU doing with Safari sevens that cannot be replicated in the Elgon Cup?

On Boxing Conjestina Achieng is back in the ring good times…

And finally to Cricket Kenya. WAPI HIYO ELITE LEAGUE?

My Two Cents

Althoght htis post is not sport related there won’t be anything sports realted to put up on this blog while ths crisis affecting Kenya continues without being solved

I agree with taking action against injustices when they occur and generally refusing to let issues like that fester until they explode in even worse consequences I do not think that the aggrieved parties have so far done anything to actually resolve the primary concern here. The flawed election.

It is one thing to feel rightly aggrieved when an opponent is declared winner of an election in the dodgy circumstances that saw Kibaki returned to state house and with the glaring irregularities in the counting process. The unfortunate thing is that though they do have a right to be aggrieved the opposition rather than uphold exercise the institutions that are meant to protect from and deal with these miscarriages of justice, have deemed it neccessary to further undermine the very purpose of their existence by resorting to fighting with the state’s security apparatus using mobs of largely disillusioned and misguided followers. What has been clear from the rhetoric on the ODM side is that apparently unless their guy Raila Odinga is in State house then under no circumstances can the election be deemed credible leave alone democratic. While it would completely absurd to say that they, the ODM have no reason to feel cheated and should just lie down and get on with life they should not take this as some kind of leave to ignore the ‘civilised’ route by trying to bully their way to their objective at the expense of the very thing they claim to defend, democracy and the respect of democratic institutions.

On the flip side the cynicism with which the people now sat very comfortably in the government benches have tried and continue to try deny that something is genuinely wrong is very dissapointing. Yes PNU’s own candidate garnered four million votes and could very well have won the election despite the irregularities that occured in the whole process but this is no excuse to try sweep everything under the carpet and pretend that everything will be fine and the troubles will ‘go away if ignored for long enough.’ over 500 people are dead, hundreds of thousands are homeless, 3 constituencies do not have an MP millions if not billions of shillings worth of property have been damaged and the numerous communities have been shredded (not for the first time) by the violence and if something is not done these things will happen again and again.

But then again thats probably not going to happen now is it?