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Thursday, 5 January 2012

January 2012: Need to develop soccer cited

Need to develop Soccer

By Nicholas  Nyile

Who said Harambee Stars belongs to Gor Mahia, Mathare United,Tuskers FC due to their massive  support from their mother sponsors- East African Breweries Ltd or even soldiers(Ulinzi Stars FC)?This query is rhe­torical and thus needs no answers but a sound action may prove worth to watch than to listen.

Kenyans have become captives of Eu­ro­pean soccer which makes them night walkers when­ever  -Manchester United -is crushing the chest-thumbing Chelsea. Many a time we should think otherwise and commit our re­sources:- time ,finance and technical assis­tance to our siblings so as to talk  of the fu­ture.

I was compelled to defect from Eu­rope to my county when I watched good and or­ga­nized soccer finals on De­cem­ber 11 which was supported by Steve Mbungi (EBS) as an appre­ciation to his promotion to the rank of the Principal Magistrate and which pitted two local soccer rivals: Mwala United FC against Maweli FC (Kyawango Cham­pi­ons).

The game started with high tem­perament with both teams attacking aggressively, but first half went a barren draw. The second half  was the mother of all the battles with Mwala FC Captain Peter “Weche” Muthama scoring in the 57th minute ,then followed a superb header by Cosmas Muisyo in the 77th minute be­fore ‘Cossy’ was on target again  in the 92nd minute to complete his brace which was the last nail to Maweli which endured the humiliation of 3-0 defeat .The victors said that the ‘tit for tat’ game was sweet since they were avenging a loss  of 0-1 results of En­gi­neer Vincent Musyoka Cup Mid this year.

More credit for Mwala FC success was due to their coach, David ‘Fabish’ Mu­tua. Maweli  FC however, dem­on­strated humility and prom­ised to revenge should they meet at the fi­nals of the Nairobi-based lawyer- cum- philanthropist Mr. Ben Musau Cup pro­posed later in the year.

When we looked at the both clubs’ pro­files, we discovered that the two deserve support so as to maximize the hidden youth po­ten­tials. Their records spoke for them­selves because Maweli succeeded Nunga FC as the lower zone champions while Mwala United FC has one of their prod­uct master Odhiambo ‘Diouf’ at the Kenya Premier League club (KCB FC). Mwala again has solid experience of having played with teams like Masii FC, Tala FC, KCB FC –Machakos branch,  Kyulu Boys-the former finalists and runners- up of na­tional sec­ondary school soccer and is proud of having beaten Thika United FC (a KPL club).

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