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Just when did the rain start beating the Harambee Stars?

21 June 2012, 13:38 Steve Wambugu

Gone are the days of Joe Kadenge na mpira when you would find everyone in the village seated in a circle listening and following keenly to a game commentary on radio and after the win of the National team people would dance the whole night and make merry to celebrate the victory of the Harambee Stars.

Those were the only days when people attending the match at Kasarani or Nyayo stadium would dance vigorously as they cheered on Harambee Stars and the drum beat would be heard and felt from miles away before you could even make your way to the stadium where the game was taking place.

But today, I don’t have to remind you when you meet up with someone and you tell him/her you are coming from watching a Harambee Stars match and the first question is, by how many goals did Harambee Stars loose to the opponent this time round? Talk of being a true patriot of your country.

False hope

Just the other day Kenyans and mostly the football fans were very excited with the new appointment of Head Coach Francis Kimanzi and many thought we have got a lasting solution to the coaching position but that to FKF boss Sammy Nyamwea knew too well it was only a matter of time before he could show Kimanzi the door which he did it early this week diligently like his other compatriot before him the Kasuve who once served as the boss in the same position.

But demoting Francis Kimanzi as the head coach of our National team is not a lasting solution in the ongoing of the Soap Opera of Harambee Stars because FKF are failing to articulate the real issues that are ailing the team. One among the many things crippling our Harambe stars is luck of total commitment from the leaders in the football fraternity in the country.

Even after spending many days in a hidden training camp preparing to take on the Sparrow Hawks of Togo at the capital city of Lame, Harambee stars as usual found themselves suffering miserably at the hands of their opponent Togo where they lost 1 goal to nil marking the end of the road for their quest for 2014 world cup showdown.

And in turn and twist of events the stars found themselves losing close to six possible points in their previous games and only managing to collect only a point which mind you came courtesy of a barren draw against the Malawians in a game that was played at Kasarani three weeks ago.

What next

But as various stakeholders in Football arena continues playing their blame game which they are so good at it, one thorny question still remains unanswered, so what is the next move for our National team after being bundled out of FIFA World Cup 2014 group stage qualifiers?

For many people they will argue that Harambee Stars lacked enough time to prepare themselves which is a very usual case with most of the fans but bearing in mind the caliber of our European based players we have abroad, the Stars needed at list to win a game at home leave alone the away games which we have obviously excelled in losing.

Folly of foreign based players

After analyzing our last games that our National team has played am compelled to say that it’s high time we give a chance to our local based players an opportunity to showcase their prowess in the Harambee Stars squad which over the years has been dominated by our foreign players and a few from KPL of who is who are normally called on for “National Duty”.

But without reloading our National team with young talents and I am sorry to say, Harambee Stars will soon become like a fairytale story told to the next young coming generation that there used to be a National team called Harambee stars.

And Just like anybody else, I also found myself asking the same question of, just when did the rain start beating Harambee Stars or better yet who cast a dark spell on our National team to be performing so poorly in all the major competitions?

This is one question that over the years has never been answered since our National team is full of surprises and I will not be even surprised to see FKF decide to bring another foreign based coach to come and Head the National Team, which by the way is a normal occurence for Harambee Stars while we have the best of the local based coaches in KPL who can even take Harambee Stars into greater heights in the world of football.

FKF need to realize sacking of head coaches every now and then is not solving anything and they are running away from the real problem instead of facing them.

It is high time FKF put their house in order for the rest of Kenyans to get to enjoy the game and be proud of their National team.

But all is not lost as we still have Africa Cup of Nations to play for but still, without involving our local team boys from KPL to our National Team we might as well kiss the same tournament good bye.

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