Kenya: Kenyan representatives to the just-concluded first leg preliminary Confederation matches, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, all deserve a pat on the back.
Their performance over the weekend proved the steady rise of the lucrative KPL.
On Saturday, Kenyan reigning champions Gor Mahia beat their Gabonese counterparts Union Sportive de Bitam 1-0 with a Dan Sserunkuma spot kick to help the mighty K’Ogallo deny the visiting team an away goal.
And domestic Cup holders AFC Leopards did Kenya proud the next day with a 2-0 thumping of Defence of Ethiopia, with Martin Imbalambala and Paul Were both on target.
It would be great if both teams sailed through to the first round.
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I urge fans, more so Ingwe fans, to prepare for the road trip to Pretoria because it is likely they will meet Supersport United.
For Gor Mahia, a road trip to Bitam in northern Gabon is almost impossible.
We wish the most celebrated Kenyan clubs the best.
(Austin Oduor, Migori)
The killing of a Liverpool fan by an alleged Arsenal supporter must be condemned in the strongest terms possible.
Such primitive incidents damage the good reputation of the beautiful game of football that we should all enjoy.
In recent times, there has emerged a peculiar and worrying ‘tradition’ or pattern in which Kenyan fans are committing suicide or killing their opponents whenever there favourite teams lose.
These criminal acts should be discouraged and punished according to the law of the land as they are now becoming a national disgrace.
The big question one is bound to ask is, how come we have never heard of European fans committing suicide when their respective teams lose a soccer match?
Does it mean that Kenyan fans ‘love’ these EPL teams more than the real owners? The answer is a big NO!
What we are witnessing in the country is mere foolishness and a mindset that has been ‘hijacked’ by the popularity of the EPL. This brainswashing is extremely dangerous as most fans have lost their humanity, self-respect, honour and sense of patriotism such that they are ready and willing to die for foreign teams.
We wonder whether the Government should intervene, monitor or even regulate the EPL in the country.
It’s a very tricky situation as the number of unreported cases of Kenyans killed in the villages could be high.
(Enock Onsando, Mombasa)