Posted: July 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

A broken record…synonyms (corruption, mismanagement e.t.c) associated with matters (Kenyan) football are way past sounding like a broken record. So much so, that I am bold and inclined to say I’d rather listen to Hon. Kajwang belt his famed “mapambano” tune any time. Worse still, I’d pay for a V.I.P ticket in a live performance, if a red-eyed Atwoli (mic in hand) and his COTU band (rocking bougainvillea-colored shirts and lesos) were to light up Carnivore all night long with their own composition of their equally famous “Ni nani atakayekomboa Kenya” tune. Anything, anything, anything but the broken record of KFF-this FKL-that bla-bla-bla!

Like a hard headed student who hated all science and mathematics teachers, KFF and FKL have with minimal effort and supervision, steered Kenyan football at neck break speed toward oblivion. No one really has the gist of how it came to pass but in the hullabaloo of football elections, the African Cup, KPL melee, World Cup qualifiers and protracted battles with Oliech and Mariga, FIFA’s latest ranking leaves us at a devastating 125 index! No thanks to Sholei and gang! There’s too much trouble in our football that even the CIA intelligence and US-SEAL team that sniffed out Bin Laden would find it difficult in uncovering the eye of this “mismanagement storm”.

Losses in all of Stars’ outings and a draw in our home games saw us bow out of WC qualifiers even after FIFA handed African countries the same lifeline. You realize that this reflects in our CAF rankings, I dread to think that maybe Somalia, Rwanda or Mozambique top us in the log. Nevertheless, in keeping touch with the Kenyan spirit, it’s best to remind ourselves of what Kenyan football can really be. After all, we’ve heard all about our cons, it’s time we focus on our pros… and other possibilities. Scottish philosopher Adam Smith is credited with championing capitalism and free markets by advocating for “the free hand” in markets. In France, the then powerful finance minister Jean Baptiste Colback in a meeting with a Monsieur Le Gendre,   agreed that the French government had no business in doing business.

Thus the coining of the phrase “laissez faire” or in the Queen’s language “let us be”. This new shift of ideology has been credited with the development of most European economies, and thus a blueprint for development. I am no Adam Smith,no finance minister nor Monsieur Le Gendre, however, I will borrow a leaf then tell all and sundry associated with football wrangling in our nation, “LAISSEZ NOUS FAIRE!”

Consequently, Chengafunga is keen on laying out propositions for giving our football a new face lift and extreme makeover in our weekly Monday and Tuesday edition of “The Retrospect”. Your suggestions, opinions and comments are welcome. Then,maybe then, game itabamba.



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