TV land is not dead!

This is going to be another quick skim to remind peeps this blog is dormant and not dead so please bear with the lack of depth.

Well with all the hype about local content on TV dramas and soaps (see the papa shirandulas and the Makutano junctions of this world) I figured I would put my two cents on what has caught my eye on the Sports side of things. That boils down to two sports magazine shows that I saw for the first time over the course off last week. Simba Super Soccer on KBC and Scrum Down on Citizen

Scrum Down (Saturday 11:00am, Citizen TV)

Just launched, these guys certainly promised alot and fro0m their first show, they certainly delivered. Them hosts certaibly have a captivating ppositive veibe that I reckon would cause most channel surferes to stop and take another look. I was especially impressed by the segement where they profiled legends of the game

Simba Super Soccer (Thursday 7:30?pm, KBC

The angry cynic in me wants to say that this is Supersports way of tossing a few crumbs at KBC for taking away live KPL matches just when they were beginning tio be interesting again. Nonetheless, unlike any other talk show on KBC, the people who put this together actually made an effort to make the thing aesthetically pleasing. Well done to the production team! They could really spice things up in the analysis by bringing in some former Harambee Stars veteran to give the insider perspective.

Anyway, the time on this cyber cafe’s computer say’s i’ve run up a huge bill so, till later…

the not so coke side of life

normally when one talks about government intervention, one assumes this is some private business being nationalised, or refinanced on account of the project, or consequences of the business failing costing too much political capital for the governemt in question to withstand.

Well with this government all we need for an intervention is that the minister is not happy with proceedings. More from my collegue here and from the row in the video embedded below.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Rugby geeks

As the Bamburi super series builds pace over the weekend Kenya’s rugby fraternity continue to show a not very Kenyan tech savvyness when it comes to web presence. Yes theu actually have a proper website that is regularly updated and was put together by someone aho actually has more that a remote liking for aesthetics and usability.

Hopefully more people will pick up on this trend cos its really bizzare to have to look for fresh news to blog from non-kenyan websites like 99% of the time.

Kudos to KRFU

Mystery match

A few days ago I saw a photograph (see below) in the Daily Nation apparently from this year’s final of Kenya’s main foorball Cup competition, The President’s Cup (Formerly known as the Moi Golden Cup).

So far I am still to find out any further details on the issue in any of the Kenyan publications that have a web presence.

Given that the winners of this competition I assume would still end up representing Kenya in next years Africa Confederations Cup is it not weird no one seems to care what happens?

They seem pretty happy with themselves,Pity not many others seem to be celebrating(photo from Daily Nation)

Another one bites the dust

With the folding of Kawangware, The KFF, KPL lost another community based football club to financial insolvency and in the world where the the most widely played sport generates billions of dollars by way of marketing, sponsorships, and sale of television rights one wonders when the KFF will wake up and smell the coffee on the vast untapped and potential that awaits them should they find some emeans to turns iconic football identites such as Gor Mahia or the fallen AFC Leopards into marketing brands

That so many people are around to shed tears when unfortunate things happen as was the case when Oserian, then Mumias Sugar FC were wound up and that nobody then, and even now seems to have learnt from the mistakes of the past and tried to implement some kind of concrete plan to remedy the situation with the ‘perilous’ situation that faces local football teams. Its one thing to wax lyrical about how some convenient scapegoat like , the penetration of the English Premier League or the mere existence of institutional football clubs is killing ‘community football clubs or ven inviting delegates from South Africa’s PSL or even from FIFA to give wise words of counsel but where is the action that speaks so much louder than words. Where are the massive adverts and marketing when for example there is a top of the table clash at City stadium. How many Kenyans are even aware that this season’s Premier league and indeed Nationwide divisions could probably be the most exciting and close finishes in recent memory?

One cannot imagine that a product is going to sell especially in a competitve market without advertising. Where are the Gor Mahia, and Mathare United replica shirts, one can hardly find one of the national team leave alone any of the leading football clubs in the country yet most sports stores are stocked up with the latest edition of Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal replica kits. Even local rugby, and cricket which doesn’t quite have the same player base have found a niche in these markets but football lags behind. What’s even more disappointing is that there doesn’t seem to even be any kind of a safety net for teams in financial distress to sort themselves out, these teams are merely left to waste away in preperation for yet another series or complaining about how football is being killed by whoever happens to be the popular villain for the occasion.

Until the KFF is prepared to take action rather than sit on thye sidlines and moan then Kawangware will not be the last football club we will be burying.