8 December 2012

Kenya: Of Course My Dear Heart Is With Stars in the Cup Final

Kenya Vs Uganda Today 6pm

Cecafa Challenge Cup Final

My Prediction: Harambee Stars...... 2 The Cranes...... 1

I am impressed that Kenya got to the final of a tournament that our national team coach called "useless!". Under 23 coach James Nandwa has done well to organise a team that was quickly assembled, that has never quite played together and who were considered to some extent rejects; which is why they weren't being retained for CHAN. Mike Barasa, David Ochieng, Clifton Miheso and all the other guys in the squad, you have already done us proud. That said: we still need you to overcome one last hurdle. The final in Uganda about three seasons ago pitted Kenya Vs Uganda and it was painful for us to lose it that year. Francis Kimanzi was the coach back then and if anyone could have got us the trophy that year, he could have. Now it's up to Nandwa to show us that the past two weeks have not been a fluke. As long as we are not over confident, and I don't think we will be, given our history with Uganda. They beat us in the group stage two weeks ago but that can be over-turned. Just mark out that Robert Ssentongo guy and we're good. This will be very very tough but I have to be patriotic.

Arsenal Vs West Brom Today 6pm

My Prediction: The Gunners....... 2 The Baggies........1

I'm tired of saying the same thing about Arsenal over and over again and I keep hoping that manager Arsene Wenger does something different so I can write something different but no. It's busy as unusual at Emirates. If someone had told me in July that ahead of meeting West Brom I would be celebrating the fact that they have lost two games in a row after such a strong start to the season I would have told you that you were joking. West Brom have fallen to fifth in the standings, yes "fallen" after probably their best start to a season ever. But as with all pretenders, sooner or later they get exposed. The sad thing for me is that I doubt if coach Steve Clark is too worried about this fixture. He is probably seeing this game against The Gunners as a chance to get his season back on track. Harsh but true. Once again mid-week Wenger selected players who I don't know and once again Arsenal let a lead go to lose 2-1 to Olympiakos. The business unusual continues. We need to pull up our socks today! Since Wenger rested his "first team" midweek, prayerfully they will have had time to reflect on the nonsense that they've been doing and decide to play football again. The rest, from losing, has hopefully done them well.

Sunderland Vs Chelsea Today 6pm

My Prediction: The Black Cats....... 2 The Blues.......1

Sunderland were beaten 2-1 by Norwich last weekend but I think we've established that losing to Norwich is nothing to be ashamed about. Just ask Gooners and Red Devils. Tee hee. They play a Chelsea that hasn't won a league game in weeks; infact a loss to West Ham last weekend, a draw with Fulham before that and a loss to West Brom before that. The Blues woke up midweek to score six big ones; but of course it didn't matter. How painful is that? Going home with a 6-1 victory and yet as losers. And, even worse, when you are defending champions! Wuh! I would like to say that Rafa Benitez has some magic up his sleeve but I doubt it. The goals scored midweek should have been saved for the league. As the saying goes: RVP scores when he wants; Torres scores when it doesn't MATA. And today it matters so he's unlikely to score. Chelsea, just like Manchester City, are pretenders! I'm a big admirer of Martin O'Neill and I believe the "Wise-One" can get the better of Benitez today. Let's go Sunder... Let's go!

Manchester City Vs Manchester United Sunday 4:30pm

My Prediction: The Sky Blues...... 2 The Red Devils.....2

Ha ha ha. I'm laughing because the last time this fixture was played we got a basket ball score with dear Man United on the receiving end. Ha ha ha. These teams are both not performing to their maximum this season although United have taken advantage of the fact neither is any other "big team." Both teams lost their final Champions League matches although City didn't win a single game in Europe and didn't even qualify for Europa. Talk of underperformance by the EPL Champs. And with the squad that Roberto Mancini has at his finger-tips, how do you not do well in any tournament? United lost their final Champions League match but they had already qualified and Sir Alex could afford to play around a bit. This is one derby that has become more intense in recent years after City began to stock their dressing room with superstars. Mentally, I think United are in a better place here today. Mancini's job could be at stake following the dismal European outing. Being at the City of Manchester Stadium might mean something for the hosts but I still think it will be a tough game altogether. I foresee a draw.

West Ham Vs Liverpool Sunday 7pm

My Prediction: The Hammers.... 2 The Reds....1

West Ham beat Chelsea last week; that has to count for something. Actually it doesn't. Chelsea shouldn't be a yardstick for a great outing anymore. But good on The Hammers for becoming a mid-level team; finally. They are always a bottom team but Big Sam is on the right track. News that The Hammers are first choice to take over the Olympic Stadium will also bring pride and confidence to the team. Liverpool are like Arsenal. They blow hot and cold; hot and cold. On Thursday they were hot; last weekend they were hot; but before that they were heading to freezing point. Liverpool are a strange club. They actually play well in every game but for some reason they can't climb up the table. Oh my! Liverpool are just two points behind Arsenal!!! What! Shame on my Arsenal. I'm praying for Hammers to thrash the Reds today!

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