The Star (Nairobi)

23 November 2012

Kenya: Between Michel, Roman and That Mapunda Towel, Something Is Off

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I have so much on my mind this week that I don't know what to address! There's the issue of Henri Michel being too cowardly to go for Cecafa after calling it a "useless" tournament. So now our under 23 coach James Nandwa will lead a semi-second string team to compete in a tournament that Kenya disrespects!

The irony of it all is that Michel, with international players including captain Dennis Oliech, failed to beat Tanzania in an international friendly ten days ago. Something about Michel insisting on playing Oliech as a mid-fielder and Wesley Kemboi as a lone striker did us in, in Tanzania.

And yet we don't want to prioritise Cecafa. The same Burundi team that Michel is preparing to play in a CHAN qualifier on the 15th of December will be at Cecafa. So Nandwa, who isn't paid very much, will hopefully play about six games in Uganda in an attempt to win Cecafa, while Henri Michel who costs the tax payer upwards of Sh3m a month, will play against Burundi home and away.

That will add up to four matches - two friendlies (of which we have lost both) and two CHAN qualifiers in five months. About Sh3.7m per game! I want Michel's job!

I however, think he's afraid of going to Cecafa to lose after saying the tournament isn't his priority. However, I don't want to talk about Michel because I have to look at Chelsea's coaching affair and Roman Abramovich's ridiculous impatience.

Yes coaches must deliver but everyone goes through good and poor form. Someone tweeted on Wednesday that had Abramovich owned Manchester United in 1986, he would have fired Sir Alex Ferguson a long time ago.

And you do not need to be told what Sir Alex has achieved at Old Trafford since his rough start. Social media response to Roberto Di Matteo's sacking was disgust at Abramovich for trying to break the record of how many coaches the club can have in one decade.

You have no competition there Roman! But I don't want to talk about Chelsea because I am still annoyed at Arsene Wenger. Yes we beat Spurs but what happened to the little matter known as consistency.

We have completely lost it in recent years and blame Wenger for that. While I think Abramovich is impatient, the Emirates hierarchy is the complete and annoying opposite.

I long for the day when Arsenal's top managers will get impatient over Wenger's lack of trophies. I don't know whether I can poke them with a pin or something to jolt them into action.

But I don't want to talk about Wenger either today because there is a magic towel doused with "uchawi" on the loose in Nairobi. Gor Mahia keeper Ivo Mapunda once owned it and it blocked all Sofapaka balls from going into the Gor net during the FKF Final on Tuesday.

I understand the towel was given "Man of the Match" and a medal reserved for it. This is what I want to write about today but unfortunately I've run out of space.

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