Two major sporting events will take place in Nairobi this afternoon.
The national soccer team, Harambee Stars, will take on Black Stars of Ghana in their second match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at Kasarani.
Kenya’s wonder girl Fatuma Zarika will stage her second World Boxing Council (WBC) World super bantamweight title defence against Mexican Yamileth Mercado at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
Harambee Stars have already lost one match to Sierra Leone in Group F, which also includes Ghana and Ethiopia.
Losing to Sierra Leone in a match where they were favourites puts Harambee Stars on the back foot.
Clearly, today’s match will define the team’s run in the championship.
They must win to revive hopes of Kenya making it to the continental championship for the first time since 2004.
The team needs to stay focused if they hope to beat Black Stars, who have won the diadem four times.
Harambee Stars need to bring back the excitement, especially at this time when Kenyan teams have been on the receiving end in recent times.
The women’s team, Harambee Starlets, was eliminated from the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers while the Under-17 team also exited from the 2019 African Nations Under-17 qualifiers.
Zarika made history when she became the first Kenyan to win a WBC world title in 2016.
Her rise is an inspiration to many considering her humble background. Let's all come out to cheer our own.