Sports has on many occasions united Kenyans and brought a sense of celebration and pride.
It can be vividly recalled how Kenya sportsmen and women’s exploits during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games soothed the hearts of many, with the victories coming months after the 2007 post-election violence.
Many Kenyans have been keenly following the preparations of the national football team, Harambee Stars, for Saturday's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Malawi.
It goes without saying that the battle at hand will not be easy and it is everyone’s prayer and dream that Harambee Stars soar over the Malawi Flames.
Besides just turning up in numbers at the newly-refurbished Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, the Harambee Stars will bank on fans’ inspiring cheers to spur them to that much needed victory.
The team might not have had good preparation in terms of quality build-up matches, but the task at hand is not impossible to surmount.
The players must put behind them the recent misunderstanding that pitted some players against their main sponsor, East Africa Breweries Limited.
While we call on Kenyans to rally behind the national team, it is on the belief that adequate security measures have been put in place both for the two teams and fans.
Further, Football Kenya Federation must look into ways of securing meaningful build-up matches for Harambee Stars in future since the idea of playing local clubs does not add much value to the team’s preparations.
More so, it is a high time the country introduced credible football academies.