Struggling AFC can learn something good from Gor

Monday October 2 2017

Gor Mahia defender Haron Shakava (left)  vies for the ball Sofapaka's Umaru Kasumba during their SportPesa Premier League match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 27, 2017. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI |

Gor Mahia defender Haron Shakava (left) vies for the ball Sofapaka's Umaru Kasumba during their SportPesa Premier League match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 27, 2017. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By TOM OSANJO
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One the most refreshing statements I have heard in the local football scene in a long time came from none other than AFC Leopards coach Robert Matano.

Lamenting about the not so good calibre of his charges, Matano said if only he could lay his hands of the abundant talent at K’Ogalo he would have delivered the league to the den

I perfectly understand the man’s frustration (by the way, just for the record, I have a close family member on the Ingwe technical bench).

It can be demoralising to see the team supposed to be your arch-rivals on the cusp of winning the league cup, while you are forever hovering on the relegation zones.

One thing Matano must appreciate is the fact that at Gor we have worked to build stability over the years.

In the playing unit captain Musa Mohamed has served us with distinction close to a decade.

Others who have stayed long at K’Ogalo include Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nzigiyimana and Meddie Kagere.

This has created stability and cohesion when the boys take to the pitch.

We have also had long contract with our coaches ensuring that they build rapport with the players.

Now compare this to the chaos that passes for AFC Leopards.

If they are not busy sacking coaches then they are holding elections.

I think Ingwe can claim the dubious record of having the highest turnover of administrators in the world.

Be that as it may, like all serious K’Ogalo fans, I am really hoping that our neighbours will put their house in order.

Ingwe is the only team that can provide serious challenge to us. The rest are ‘vifaaranga vya boardroom’.

Looking at the kind of clubs we play weekend in weekend out, my heart bleeds for Kenyan football.

As I have said, despite out own in-house squabbles Gor Mahia is on the right track. All we need is to pray for Ingwe to take a similar path if our football is to grow.

CHANCE TO HOST CHAN

Finally, that big matter of Caf denying us the chance to host Chan.

I agree with my senior Roy Gachuhi who in his trademark flowing prose charged: “In 2013, the slickest spin machine in the history of Kenya politics, Jubilee, told the country they would build five world class stadiums in Garissa, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu and Nakuru.

“Although the image was a composite, in size and design the stadium Kenyans were shown in campaign adverts appears to be photo-shopped from AS Roma’s Stadio Olimpico.”

I can’t add more.