Football calendar needs rethink

There are many advantages when we align ourselves with other countries.

Monday March 7 2016

Western Stima's FC Evans Bengo shields the ball from Thika United's Vincent Omumbo in a SportPesa Premier League match at the Moi Stadium Kisumu on March 5, 2016. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Western Stima's FC Evans Bengo shields the ball from Thika United's Vincent Omumbo in a SportPesa Premier League match at the Moi Stadium Kisumu on March 5, 2016. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MOSES OJUANG'
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The much awaited handover of office to Football Kenya Federation Team Change has not taken place. We doubt if it shall ever happen since its occurrence itself shall be a miracle.

The whole world shall be stunned to behold thin air being passed on by the outgoing office to Team Change.

We should therefore pretend that all is well and forget about that team nightmare which does not possess the documents which ought to be handed over.

We must pass on to the issues at hand by addressing those who have been elected into office. The new president of FKF has harped upon change so much that we cannot look at him without thinking of that sweet sounding word in this confusion that we call Kenyan football.

As Team Change goes about trying to sort out the mess in the lower leagues, we must also implore the individuals within to sit down and consider altering our football league calendar to run with that of Fifa and Caf. We seem to follow the calendar year blindly and as it stands our teams at the moment have played less than five matches while leagues in the rest of the world are nearing closure.

There are many advantages when we align ourselves with other countries and we shall mention but a few of them. A few days ago, both Gor Mahia and Bandari were humiliated out of the club continental championships on their first round.

TIRED THINKERS

The same thing has happened to Kenyan clubs for close to a decade now. Many tired thinkers assume that our league is inferior and that the loss posted by our clubs is evidence of mediocrity. Nothing can be further from the truth!

The Caf club championships usually kick off at the same time when our clubs are setting camp in readiness for a new league season. After a long break, the players are usually not at their best. At the same time, we always realize that the same clubs have lost key players in their teams; players that could have boosted their chances of success in the continental campaign. As such, haphazardly assembled teams travel to foreign countries before they even have time to gel into a worthwhile squad.

Secondly, our national team seems to be always ambushed by games. Just when our league is in full flight, we realise with dismay that other organised countries are in camp or playing during the international friendlies window. We have never had the requisite mental ability to invite any other country to play friendly matches with us. We just hurriedly ask the clubs to give us some of their players for national duty. They stay in camp for just a few days and there we see them being kicked out of all competitions of football known to man.

These two problems and many others that we have no space to elucidate on can be solved just by changing our calendar year to be in sync with the rest of the world. We of the tropics do not have much problem with our climate and we do not except summers and winters.

We are blessed with good weather that shall allow us much leverage when it comes to change. We cannot expect Europe and the Americas to change to our mode due to the rigidity of the climate.

It is not easy to change the football calendar in Kenya but it is by no means impossible.

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