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Kenyans are the solution to the local football woes

By Nelson Mandela | June 16th 2015

Football has served as an alternative source of leisure to many Kenyans especially the youths. Weekends are often occasioned with either English Premier League games, Spanish laliga or Bundesliga. Our sisters are slowly embracing the culture with some following updates on FM radio stations and mainstream media. Funny enough some have rebranded their social media names on Facebook and twitter with the clubs names of their choice.

Modern technology has enabled many football diehards to predict how a game will be and which player will miss or play. Meet youths at a trading centre and you will be amazed how they are armed with up to date facts about the club of their choice. Many who even in primary school never played a ball made from polythene bags, are masterminds and able to articulate facts leaving you amazed at how informed they are. They tend to forget that spectators are the best players.

I tend to celebrate European football more because it commands mass following from Kenya, owing to the fascinating games, classic goals and inclusion of celebrated football giants. Due to ignorance, some Kenyans, resort to insane acts like cuicide or murder in the name of a football match.  

These same individuals can barely sit through a game between local football clubs but instead miss sleep and watch La liga till late hours of the night. Why are Kenyans not receptive of their own soccer? With many players boycotting matches due to delayed payments, coaches missing games and clubs running insolvent, it is only politicians and sponsors who can bail these clubs out.

Unknown to many, most European clubs are owned by the local communities. Funny enough many Kenyans are ready to point fingers at players and clubs’ management without them coming out to rescue these clubs. Fortunately after the advent of county governments we have witnessed the construction of football stadia which when completed may change Kenyan football.

Many Kenyans are worried about which player will be sold or bought coming next season in English premier league Laliga or Bundesliga instead the focus should be on Kenyan soccer. Who will come and make us proud of our own African football. Leaving football stadia empty during games when local clubs are playing should be a thing of past. Why wait till 2017 to throng the stadia during the general elections campaigns?

The media should also be patriotic by giving both international and local soccer the same amount of attention. This will in the end help Kenyans who only follow what the media dictates.

The change in Kenyan football begins with you. 

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