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).