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Few long-waited sports events achieve it but once again, in what remains as the biggest fixture in the Kenyan football, the derby match between AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia lived up to its hype. Goals were scored, the sounds of Isukuti, singing and dancing was heard all over and traffic was brought to a standstill. Unfortunately (if you are a Gor Mahia fan), goals only came from one side, the hosts AFC Leopards, as they got their sweet revenge against their bitter rivals.

Gor Mahia

3-0 was the final score after a thrilling encounter which left some Ingwe fans jokingly saying, “bring on Barcelona!” Over the years, the rivalry has turned from a title winning challenge to a battle for bragging rights as it appears that most fans from each side would rather win the derby than win the KPL title.


Hussein Mohammed candidate for chairmanship of Kenya’s football federation

We have seen some improvement on Kenyan football at club level but unfortunately this has not been reflected in the national team which has suffered a string of poor performances and is beset by mismanagement, a defining characteristic of our national football team’s organisation.

The weakness of Kenyan football and the national team in particular is odd, however. Kenya is a football loving country, football mad even. We are a country of some 40m people, about the same population as Spain (World Cup holders) and Algeria (one of the African continent’s most successful national teams); we have a population that is 16m more than Ghana (World Cup quarter-finalists and African Cup of Nations finalists) and twice the population of Holland (who met Spain in the final of the last World Cup).

The sad thing is that nothing much seems to be happening towards turning things around.

Hussein Mohammed (an aspiring candidate for chairmanship of the local football federation) shared his views in the Standard newspaper (October 1, 2011), on how we can solve the problems facing Kenyan football. His view is that by streamlining the management of soccer at the grassroots, we will be working on the foundational weaknesses that we have encountered over the years.

The Forum agrees that the lack of success of our football boils down to poor management at all levels and unless that problem is solved and we have responsible leaders, Kenyan soccer will continue being in the doldrums.


Another soccer showdown, this time involving regional rivals Uganda and Kenya, takes place today.  Kenyan fans are planning to replicate or better what the

Uganda vs Kenya – today’s crunch match

Ugandans did in the first leg encounter by travelling to Uganda in large numbers to support the Harambee stars in do or die qualifying game for the African Cup of Nations.

If the social networks are anything to go by, there’s a lot of excitement in Kenya and Uganda, the hosts, as we await the potentially explosive encounter. In Facebook for example, there are over 80 Uganda Vs Kenya event pages, some have even labeled the match the ‘Battle of Migingo’.

Both sets of fans are confident of a win and we hope that the match will live up to its hype. The Forum wishes Harambee Stars the best. With improved management and leadership at all levels their future however, would be much brighter.

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