29 February 2016

Kenya: Natural Grass Best for Our Fields


We have harped about our playing surfaces overtime until we have become a bother. The topic just will not fade away easily.

We tried an easier way out by laying an artificial turf at City Stadium.

After the surface was laid our groundsmen and the stadium management must have clapped their hands in glee since they had done all there was to do about this little problem of maintenance. Now they could sit put and earn their salaries till retirement do them part!

Of course to get a job in that board you must be without talent, incompetent, lazy, meddlesome, the patience to sit inside an empty stadium and do nothing the whole day without feeling bored; lack of imagination, and lastly the aptitude to smile especially when some lazy boss happens at your place of work.

How else can you explain the deterioration of the artificial turf at City Stadium? The place is filthy and why public health officials still allow matches to be played there is a mystery.

The dust in that carpet if turned into maize flour can cook a large mountain of Ugali that can feed the entire population of Eastlands. For those who watch KPL matches on television, they see that dark shame of dust billowing upwards whenever the ball bounces on the ground! It is unacceptable.

In Kisumu, the artificial carpet is getting heavy and dirty at an even more alarming rate. It could be due to the lakeside climate and the obvious apathy of those tasked with taking care of it.

Sooner or later we must think of better ways of taking care of our pitches. The artificial turf belongs to those countries that have no capability and skill to have a grass turf.


To say the truth, even desert countries work day and night just to make sure that the grass turf does not dry up. We, who have lots of water, still take the lazy and dangerous path of laying artificial turfs. The turfs are way too inferior to natural grass.

Once when Mathare United met an Egyptian opposition; the lads were just intimidated by the great condition of the Egyptian playing surface. It was soft and even grass... worse still it was Kikuyu grass imported from Kenya.

They even have the capacity to import Kikuyu grass from our country and create great playing fields while our own players suffer injuries on dirty carpets. Is this an admission that perhaps the racist who suspects we are still Neanderthal may be right? Is it a reflection of the fact that we are all incompetent in this country? Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru and Mombasa shall be the venues of the African Nations Championships. We expect that the county governments of these areas shall have replaced those smelly rags with grass.

Grass requires specialists to care for it. There must be restrictions on those who trample the field including the soldiers and those who get them to kill the grass during national holidays. They should find other venues. It also requires that water be available at all time in the stadium to keep the grace green and healthy.

It is possible for once to host a good tournament as well as save our players the trouble of getting injured on carpets. It is very possible and must be tried.


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