Now, watching the Thursday match between Italy and Germany on Kiss TV, I was disappointed in many ways. First, because things had been so messy since I had thought that whereas both teams were good, Germany seemed better. I come from the school of thought that welcomes victory for the deserving and that is why whereas I have supported Manchester United all these ears, I still maintain a healthy respect for the trophy-less Arsenal club.
But that wasn't the only mess of the day. At half time, things became messier when the Messy Messi, or MM if you please, showed up from nowhere to speak to the audience of viewers. I was interrupted by the beauty of a Kenyan flag waving, hoping for some Erick Wainaina song or at least a Mkenya Daima promotion, only for Messy Messi to show up with some messy message.
I appreciate the ingenuity of bringing the TV ad right at the climax when everyone was sure to watch. But just as my brother Mudavadi got messy on the single day he had to address all Kenyans at the Madaraka Day celebrations, so did he waste the opportunity to leave Kenyans with something concrete. This is what I have always meant when I advise my fellow young people to ensure they never waste golden chances because they are not sure of bumping into them ever so often. Remember the 3- seconds elevator flight?
I speak this with a lot of respect for MM, but with a lot of contempt for his advisor on communication who, first misled him into coining this 'Messy' thing and even worse went right ahead to advise him to package it into a 20-30 seconds advert on TV. The killer punch was to bring it to a football-loving audience. Wrong.
I know Mudavadi is reputed for committing grave political errors, but that was the mother of them all. If I heard him right, he went on to say something like he intends to run for the Presidency and that he is the Messi of today...I may not quote him verbatim but I guess I paraphrased it right. How does one who does not understand football go on to play with fans like me who know the game? Now, that is exactly the problem that arises when one tries to engage in sports that he does not understand.
Let me put a few facts straight. It would be wrong to say that Messi is not a fantastic player. But on the other hand fantastic cannot match great. Pele was a great player. Comparing the two is the worst insult to football fans' intelligence and I know the real Messi would correct that vehemently. Messi has never scored a goal in any World Cup match. Even worse, he has never been part of Argentina's World Cup winning team. Yes, he may be good at his thing in his small way but the World Cup is the main stage that sieves Men from Boys in football. Pele on the other hand was favorite; not once, not twice but three times. Pele is known even in the core of interior most villages that I can assure u do not understand what Messi is. How then does MM compare a Great football Legend to a good football starter?
Son of Mudamba, the Presidency is a World Cup and it needs men who are worth the challenge. Messis can very well fit in the Premier Leagues of Senatorial, Parliamentary and Gubernatorial contests and not the World Cup. And in case you have been insinuating that Raila Odinga retires from the political arena, then I need to remind Kenyans that you have been in Parliament longer than him and not done much.
You are way older in the game but with little understanding and you agree that you have done very little to progress this nation too. Contrarily, your opponent who joined parliament after you did has been among the leading progressives of our nation and achieved better political wit and wisdom and hence his massive victory in the last elections. This makes it obvious who should retire from the politics of Kenya, don't you believe? So, next time, think twice before you coin some campaign slogan. This particular on is very Messy my brother.
David Osiany is a Pan Africanist.