8 February 2013

Kenya: I'm So Glad Football Teams Are Heading the Right Way


I have my issues with FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya and they are many. He is annoying when he insists on doing things without consulting people to know that he has the power to; and some of his decisions are most annoying and have me questioning his motives. But when credit is due, I give it.

And one thing the FKF boss has done to impress me is to honour international friendlies. In all the years Football Kenya Limited were in charge I can't honestly remember whether we played any international friendlies; and more importantly during international friendly week. We rarely engaged with other countries on the pitch so it was no surprise that we struggled in those years during official qualifiers. We are however finally seeing the Harambee Stars honouring international friendly weeks and I am impressed.

I'm not sure whether Libya fronted their "A" or "B" team and I really don't care; the Stars went to Tunisia and played their hearts out and got a very important win that will play a part in international Fifa rankings. And according to Nyamweya, we will play another friendly against Egypt before we face Nigeria in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers.

Even if we don't beat Nigeria, who right now look like they'll be the next African champions, it's good to see the game developing. Now we just need more programmes at grassroot level and more intense scouting methods to find the best that the country has to offer. Soon we can be speaking of beating bigger sides and participating in Fifa recognised competitions. Well in Harambee Stars and well in FKF. But don't go to sleep, I'm watching you! (evil laugh).

I know rumours are rife about who our next national team coach is but I do urge you to make a smarter decision than you did with Henri Michel. Let's get a results oriented coach and not necessarily one with a high international profile. My vote believe it or not would go to Zdravko Logarusic, and we all know he wants the job. (Sorry Gor) Now I know this should be a football column but I'm sure my wonderful editor Sulubu Tuva will allow me to mention Rugby 7's. Simply because of how well they did last weekend in New Zealand.

Non hard cord rugby fans will think it was a miracle that we managed to reach the final and almost won our first series ever; but if you have been paying close attention to what has been happening you would not be surprised. My colleague Michelle Katami did a magical feature on Kiss TV two weeks ago about the "House of Pain!"

The conditioning methods being applied by conditioning coach Chris Brown has seen the Sevens team grow - literally - to a size that can compete with the best in the world. And coach Mike Friday has taught the boys to "play and think" at the same time; and they are making such smart decisions.

Biko Adema's kicking is out of this world and mentally the boys are getting guidance they never got under previous coaches. Systematic steps have been taking to get the boys to where they are and while they will have good tournaments and bad ones, we are finally on the right track with Sevens rugby. Tomorrow we are in Las Vegas and I wish Mike Friday and his troops the very best!

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