Wednesday, March 29, 2006

First Game - Tusker Vs KCB

Having gone through hell to find that Tusker would be playing KCB on Sunday at Nyayo National Stadium, my friend Nicholas( aka Nicho- pronounced knee-chow) and I arrived at the stadium at 2pm ready to lose our voices after 90 min of fun.

To our surprise, the place had no indication that any match would be played there that day. No signs, no posters, no attendants......just worshippers streaming out of a church? I guess man really must live.

We walked around aimlessly ( and no one seemed to notice us) until we came across a friendly old man who rudely warned us never to ask anything of him, ever. A friendly woman finally answered our question. There would be a game after all, at 4pm.

[4pm] The tickets were sh. 100 at the main entrance. The only visible indication of the impending start of the game was the KCB 'bread' bus bringing their players and the burly gate attendants/ticket sellers.

The game itself was a dull affair but you could see that the quality of the football was not as bad as people usually say it is. It was watchable, even exciting at times.

The thing that was missing, however, was the fans. I estimate that approximately 100 people were ther with the majority of these being club officials, players' family and reporters (who, by the way, seemed more interested in reading newspapers than watching the game).

In my humble opinion, all that was needed was a few loud fans to set the atmosphere alight. Hopefully you'll join us to do just that next weekend.

The match ended 1-0 with Tusker winning after being awarded a controversial late penalty. Their goalkeeper, Victor Onyango, slot in the spot kick.

Sorry folks, no pictures yet but the rest of the weekend's results are:

Tusker 3 World Hope 1
Mathare United 1 Kisumu Telcom 1
Ulinzi 1 Mathare Youth 1
Thika United 1 Coast Stars 0
KCB 0 Tusker 1
Gor Mahia 1 Securisor 0
World Hope 3 Coast Stars 1
Kangemi United 2 Kisumu Telcom 0
Sher Agencies 0 Chemelil 0
Mumias 1 Red Berets 1

The Plan

Wouldn't it be great to have Kenyans follow local soccer with as much passion as Europeans follow their soccer (or even as much as Kenyans follow european soccer)?

That is the plan. To build up a following for local soccer. It'll take time but we'll get there, I beleive. But how we do it, I have no idea. Do you?

I have noticed a lack of information on Kenyan soccer and have decided to provide the missing info. With information I hope to culture interest in local soccer ultimately leading to unconditional love for the local game.

I have almost zero resources at my disposal so, at least at the beginning, it'll be hard. For instance, there won't be as many pictures as I want there to be but I guess its a start.
My friends and I have formed a local soccer association and we aim to attend at least one game every weekend, make noise, take pictures, have fun and then tell you all about it in hopes of interesting you to join us.

It is a good plan? I don't know. What do you think?

Lastly, I ask one thing of you: support this blog by reading it, at least occasionally. We all want to further develop our soccer, don't we?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

First Post

To put it simply, this blog is about the beautiful game. The game of soccer, the only game to ever be described as a religion.

I recently tried to find the Kenya premier league fixtures and was shocked at just how difficult it was. I still have not found the league standings table.

Kenyans do love soccer, right? Then why don’t we love our own soccer? I already know what you’re going to say (corruption, mismanaged, low quality football), yeah I’ve heard it all before, and I’ve even said it. BUT, as fans don’t we have responsibility to love the game regardless of what happens? I mean, that’s what soccer is all about; you win, sometimes you lose, you even get relegated, anything can happen in football but the passion of soccer fans lives on, it must. So that when your team gets out of the doldrums, success is that much sweeter because ma-fans wanajua wametoka mbali.

Soccer already has a passionate following in Kenya- you should only see the scramble for seats at pubs that offer DSTV on weekend afternoons, or even for Harambee Stars’ match tickets. But we need more passion.

That’s what this blog is about: the further development of Kenyan Soccer.