Disband government teams and form women’s teams instead

Have you ever wondered why the United States is the most successful nation in women’s football? This despite the fact that their men’s team has been lagging and even failed. The women’s world cup has been held seven times and the United States has won it three times and has never failed to make the semi-finals.  And the Olympic football tournament has been held six times of which the United States has won the gold medal four times.

Why is the US women’s team so dominant in football? It is because of a well known law in the United States called title IX. The law mandates that the amount of money spent by Universities on men’s sports should be equal to the amount spent on women’s sports. This is critical because the American University sports system is the backbone on which their entire sporting excellence is built. Virtually all their sports stars be it in Athletics, Basketball, Football etc have passed through the system.

The law was instituted in 1972. Prior to this law, American Universities basically ignored women’s sports.Today  in 2018 however there 1571 colleges in the USA that have soccer scholarships for female footballers. Today there are 38,000 women playing soccer on full scholarships. Because there are so many scholarships available, there are 388,000 young girls playing soccer across various high schools and various youth teams all over the US. Their goal is to become good enough to earn a scholarship at one of the 1571 colleges. This encourages these young girls to work hard throughout their teen years and sharpen their skills.

A similar situation applies in Kenya. Corporate and government teams are the backbone of most sports league’s in Kenya. Yet these government institutions have for the most part ignored women’s sports.

These government institutions have men’s teams like Ulinzi, Bandari, Posta Rangers, Western Stima, Ushuru, KCB, MOSCA, Pipeline,  Mahakama etc………… There are no equivalent women’s teams. These government institutions should be forced to also create women’s teams. And if there is no money for both then the mens team should be disbanded and women’s team should be maintained.

Offering young girls a chance at being employed at a place like KPA or KCB will encourage them to work hard on their games. Also it will encourage more young women to pursue football.

The government should ensure that these teams are spread out throughout the country where there is talent to be tapped. For example, Kisumu Posta should be revived but for women. Western Stima should start a girls team in Kakamega. Same for Eldoret Mahakama and so forth.

Men’s Football does not need corporate teams

Some might say it is unfair to men to disband teams like KCB, Ulinzi, Bandari and so forth. In fact the opposite is true. The Kenya Premier League would benefit more from having community teams. In Mombasa for example, when Congo Boys were in the KPL in 2011, they drew much larger crowds and more fervent support than their neighbours Bandari could ever dream of.

The more community teams there is in the KPL, the larger the public interest will be which means attendance will increase and the league will be better able to attract sponsors and broadcast partners.


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Faux Pas by Mbilia Bel (Lyrics and Translation)


This song was one of the biggest hits of the early 1980s, not just in the Congo (then known as Zaire) but also all over Africa, particularly East Africa. It was composed by Tabu Ley and delivered soulfully by Mbilia Bel who was only 21 years old at the time. It is one of the songs that put the young Mbilia on the pedestal as Africa’s top female singer.

In the song, Mbilia plays the part of a woman admonishing another woman not to try and engage in an illicit affair with her husband. In Lingala, such women as referred to as Mbanda (literally rival) while the concept of sleeping with married men is referred to as Bombanda.

Song Video

Translation and Lyrics


Tabu Ley Website


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Kenya at the 2017 Cape Town Sevens

Oliech in action against Samoa with Wanyama and Tanga

Group Stage
Kenya 14 France 21
Tries: S Oliech B Tanga
Conversions: Oliech

Kenya 34 Russia 0
Tries: B Tanga, Oliech, Ambaka, Sikuta, A Ochieng, S Njenga
Conversions: Oliech(2)

Kenya 7 South Africa 26
Tries: Ambaka
Conversion: Tanga

Challenge Trophy Quarter-Finals
Kenya 15 Samoa 19
Tries: S Oliech, D Sikuta, JO Oluoch

13th Place Semi-Final
Kenya 33 Scotland 12
Tries: B Tanga(2), JO Oluoch, NO Oyoo, S Njenga
Conversions: Oliech(2), Tanga

13th Place Final
Kenya 24 Uganda 14
Tries: D Sikuta, JO Oluoch, S Njenga, Ouma
Conversions: Tanga(2)

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Kenya at the 2017 Dubai sevens

Group Stage

Kenya 29 Canada 15
Tries: S Oliech, C Injera(2), O Ayodi, D Ombachi
Conversions : Oliech(2)

Kenya 5 South Africa 48
Tries: JO Oluoch

Kenya 29 Uganda 14
Tries: D Ombachi ,E Agero, D Sikuta, O Ayodi, B Tanga
Conversions : Oliech(2)

Cup Quarter-Finals
Kenya 12 New Zealand 14
Tries: Agero, Oliech
Conversions: Oliech

5th Place Semi-Final
Kenya 12 Australia 19
Tries: FL Wanyama, NO Oyoo

Collins Injera
Oscar Ayodi
Willy Ambaka
Brian Tanga
Newton Oyoo
Jeff Oluoch
Dan Sikuta
Eden Agero
Dennis Ombachi
Frank Wanyama
Francis Humwa

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Kenya at the 2017 CECAFA Cup

The 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge cup was played after a two year hiatus. Kenya hosted it with matches being played in Machakos, Kakamega and Kisumu. Kenya emerged victorious, winning their seventh title.

Group Matches

Kenya 2 Rwanda 0

Blackberry gave the Rwandese a tough time

Kenya opened their campaign with a brilliant performance against Rwanda. The match was played at the newly refurbished Bukhungu stadium and the attendance was impressive.

It was their best match of the tournament. The Kenya’s raided the Rwanda goal incessantly with wingers George Odhiambo and Samwel Onyango being particularly rampant.

New sensation, striker Masoud Juma scored the opener in the 24th minute, converting from the spot after Jockins Atudo was fouled in the box. Then Duncan Otieno sealed the score with a ferocious drive from 35 metres after a pass from Whyvonne Isuza.

Match 2: Kenya 0 Libya 0

Kenya’s second match was against tournament guests Libya. The match was played at Kenyatta stadium Machakos. Kenya dominated possession and created numerous chances but could not convert. Masoud Juma was the biggest culprit and was eventually replaced by Kepha Aswani. Another second half substitute, Ovella Ochieng injected a dose of energy into the stars attack but the Libya rear-guard continued to fend off attacks.

Harambee Stars starting XI: Patrick Matasi, Musa Mohammed, Jockins Atudo, Denis Shikayi, Wesley Onguso, Duncan Otieno, Patillah Omotto, George Odhiambo, Yvonne Issuza, Crispin Oduor and Masoud Juma.

Reserves: Boniface Oluoch, Gabriel Andika, Said Tsuma, Benard Ochieng, Ovella Ochieng, Samuel Onyango, Isaac Kipyegon, Wellington Ochieng, Ernest Wendo, Charles Momanyi, Vincent Oburu and Kepha Aswani.

Libya starting XI: Ahmed Azzaqah (G), Eltribi Ahmed, Ajbarah Saed, Aljmal Tariq, Sabbou Motasem, Shafshuf Suhib, Albadri Faisal (C), Madeen Muhanad, Tubal Moahmed, Mohamed Amer and Almaryami Khalid.

Match 3: Kenya 0 Zanzibar 0

Kenya’s third match was played at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos to a sparse crowd. After the disssapointment against Libya, coach Paul Put introduced Kepha Aswani and Ovella Ochieng into the starting line up. But it was to no avail. It was yet another disappointing encounter for Harambee Stars fans. The hard fighting Zanzibaris gave as much as they received. Both teams wasted excellent chances and the match ended scoreless.

Kenya starting line-up: Patrick Matasi, Musa Mohammed, Jockins Atudo, Nicholas Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Duncan Otieno, Petilah Omoto, George ‘Blackbery’ Odhiambo, Whyvonne Isuza, Kepha Aswani and Ovella Ochieng.

Reserves: Gabriel Andika, Boniface Oluoch, Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Samuel Onyango, Masoud Juma, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Vincent Oburu, Crispin Ouma, Kipyego Isaac and Ernest Wendo.

Zanzibar starting squad: Mohamed Abrahman, Ibrahim Mohamed, Haji Mwinyi Ngwali, Abdulla Kheri, Issa Haidar Dau, Abdul azizi Makame, Mohamed Issa, Mudathir Yahya, Ibrahim Hamad Hilika, Feisal Salum and Suleiman Kassim.

Reserves: Ahmed Ali, Ibrahim Abdallah, Adeyum Saleh, Abdullah Haji, Seif Rashid, Kassim Suleiman, Khamis Mussa, Amour Suleiman, Hamad Mshamata and Abdul Swamad Kassim.

Match 4: Kenya 1 Tanzania 0

It was a must win situation for Kenya. Anything less than a win woud have put their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals in jeopardy. And Kenya played with determination. They created chance after chance but squandered them all. The all important goal came from a left wing move. Ovella Ochieng and Pattilah Omoto, who are team-mates at Kariobangi Sharks, played a one-two. Ovella raced down the flank and sent a low cross which Vincent Oburu converted for Kenya’s only goal

Kenya Starting XI: Patrick Matasi (GK), Musa Mohammed (C), Jockins Atudo, Dennis Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Ernest Wendo, Patillah Omotto, Vincent Oburu, Chrispin Oduor, Ovella Ochieng and George Odhiambo.

Reserves: Gabriel Andika (GK), Boniface Oluoch (GK), Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Samuel Onyango, Masoud Juma, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Kepha Aswani, Issack Kipyegon, Duncan Otieno and Whyvonne Issuza.

Tanzania starting XI: Peter Manyika Jr 24, Himid Mao Mkami 7, Gadiel Michael Mbaga 2, Kennedy Wilson Juma 6, Erasto Nyoni 4, Jonas Mkude 20, Abdul Hilal Hassan 13, Abdallah Hamisi Riziki 8, Daniel Lyanga 9, Ibrahim Ajib Migomba 10, Shizya Ramadhan Kichuya 16.

Reserves: Ramadhan Kabwili 17, Boniface Maganga 3, Mohamed Hussein 14, Muzamiru Yassin 19, Yahya Zayd Omary 21, Yohana Mkomola 11, Aman Peter Kyata 23, Raphael Daudi Loth 15.

Semi-Finals: Kenya 1 Burundi 0

The tough Burundians gave Kenya several tense moments and came close to scoring on several occassions. Kenya were saved by desperate defending and good goalkeeping by Patrick Matasi. Abdul Eazak Fiston, the former Sofapaka striker in particular was a thorn in the flesh of the Harambee stars rearguard. Kenya also had their fair share of chances with Oburu, Blackberry and Ovella Ochieng being the primary culprits.

Neither side could score in regulation and the match was forced into extra time. Oburu limped off injured in the 93rd minute prompting coach Put to introduce Samwel Onyango. It was the latter who sent a cross in the 97th minute which was convered by Whyvonne Isuza for the winning goal.

Harambee Stars starting XI: Patrick Matasi (GK), Musa Mohammed (C), Jockins Atudo, Sikhayi Dennis, Wesley Onguso, Patilah Omotto, Whyvonne Isuza, Ovella Ochieng, George Odhiambo, Ernest Wendo and Vincent Oburu.

Reserves: Boniface Oluoch, Gabriel Andika, Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Masoud Juma, Charles Momanyi, Wellington Ochieng, Dunacan Otieno,Kepha Aswani and Crispin Oduor.

Burundi starting XI: Nahimana Jonathan (GK), Hererimana Leon, Kwizera Pierre (C), Ndikumana Tresor, Nsimirimana David, Moussa Omar, Duhayindavyi Gael, Nahimana Shassir, Shaban Hussein, Mavugo Laudit and Fiston abdoul.

Reserves: Zarakaza Arthur, Rrukundo Onesme, Nahimana Steve, Ndayishimye Youssuf, Shaka Bienvenue, Moussa Mossi, Herimana Moussa, Urasenga Cedrick and Ndoriyobija Eric.

Final: Kenya 1 Zanzibar 1 (Kenya win 3-2 on penalties)

Hosts Kenya won the 2017 Cecafa Challenge Cup on Sunday, beating Zanzibar 3-2 on penalties after the final of the East and Central African Championship had ended 2-2 following extra time.

The Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi proved to be Kenya’s hero, saving three penalties in the deciding shoot-out.

The triumph gives Kenya’s new Belgian coach Paul Put a winning start to his reign, having only taken charge of the team last month.

In an eventful match, Ovella Ochieng put Kenya ahead after just five minutes, and it stayed 1-0 to the hosts until the 89th minute when Zanzibar’s Kassim Khamis stunned the home side with an equaliser to take the final into extra time.

Zanzibar, who knocked out the holders Uganda in the semi-finals, again went behind when Masud Juma put Kenya 2-1 up after 98 minutes.

Zanzibar fought back for a second time, with Kassim Khamis scoring his second goal just two minutes later to make it 2-2 at the end of extra time.

Matasi saves

Matasi stood tall saving Adeyum Ahmed,  Issa Dau and Mohammed Issa Banka penalty kicks. Mudathir Yahya and  Feisal Abdalla managed to beat the Posta custodian from the spot.

On Kenya’s side,  Joackins Atudo, Wesley Onguso and Samwel Onyango converted while Duncan Otieno saw his effort saved by Zanzibar keeper.

Starting XI: Patrick Matasi, Musa Mohamed, Jockins Atudo, Dennis Shikayi, Wesley Onguso, Omotto Pattillah, Whyvonne Isuza, Ovella Ochieng,( Ernest Wendo) Duncan Otieno, George Odhiambo,(Samwel onyango) Kepha Aswani(Masud Juma)

Unused Subs: Boniface Oluoch, Gabriel Andika, Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Wellingtone Ochieng, Isaac Kipyegon, Vincent Oburu,Chrispin Oduor.

Zanzibar Starting XI:  Mohammed Abrahman Mohd,  18, Ibrahim Mohd Said,  15, Mwinyi Haji Ngwali 16, Abdulla Salum Kheri  13, Issa Haidar Dau Abdul azizi Makame Hassan 21, Seif Abdallah Rashid 12, Mudathir Yahya Abass 4, Ibrahim Hamad Ahmada  17, Mohd Issa Juma, 10 na Suleiman Kassim  Suleiman (Captain)

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A review of Kenya vs Chile

Team Kenya at the Hong Kong airport


South American side Chile, gave Kenya a dose of reality and brought home the fact that Kenya still has a long way to go if it is to make any kind of significant impact in world rugby. Chile were clearly the better side and the match exposed some significant gaps in Kenya’s game some of which can be fixed in the short term, but some of which require a long term plan.

Poor Ball Handling

Kenya missed scoring opportunities due to dropped balls. In some cases, set pieces were ruined due to very basic handling errors at the base of the scrum. Phases ended due to dropped balls.

Good ball handling is something that needs to be developed during a player’s formative years through constant ball handling drills. As such poor / unstructured coaching at secondary school level is the main culprit. The KRFU has basically outsourced player development to the schools yet most schools don’t even have qualified coaches. This is an issue that must be fixed long term with KRFU working closely with the schools.

A small percentage of the ball handling errors were a result of lack of focus. This is something coach Jerome Paarwater can fix.

Kenya is too predictable: Lack of Variety in moves

All Kenya’s backline moves involve swinging the ball wide down the backline. There are no sudden changes of direction to confuse defences, no decoy runs, no zig zag runs. As such Chile found it very easy to defend against Kenya.

Kenya’s inability to perform innovative backline moves is once again due to poor ball handling. You cannot run these complex backline moves if players cannot handle passes. As such coacj Jerome Paarwaters options are limited.

Kenya’s pack moves are also very predictable and basically involve trying to gain hard yards by running through tackles using brute force. Again there is no variety.

When Kenya beat Zimbabwe earlier this year, it was because Zim had no answer for Kenya’s power. The likes of Kopo simply sliced through the Zim defence using power. However against the likes of Chile and Namibia, Kenya runs into brick walls and some guile is needed.

Note: This inability to create variety in backline moves is also an achiles heel for Kenya in sevens. Indeed Chile has beaten in Kenya at sevens on a couple of occasions and almost beat Kenya in Lav vegas in 2017 despite Kenya having faster/ bigger players.

Poor Scrummaging

The Kenyan pack was bigger than the Chilean pack. The front row of Karia, Amusala and Lilako were clearly bigger than their Chilean counterparts as were the backrow trio of Kopondo, Chisanga and Mangeni. Yet the Kenyan pack was overwhelmed by Chile in scrumdowns and constantly put under pressure.

Why would a smaller Chile pack overwhelm Kenya. One culprit might be poor scrummaging technique. Proper technique is supposed to be taught at secondary school level. In other nations, each school likely has a scrumming machine, which is a critical component in teaching proper technique.

Tackling: A strength for Kenya

Having watched Kenya rugby for decades now, one aspect of Kenya rugby that has drastically improved is defence. Kenya’s tackling was on point and there were numerous try saving tackles. Chile had a lot of possession and would have scored several tries had it not been for timely tackles by Kenya. This is a stark contrast to what pertained in the Kenya national team as recently as 10 years ago when tackling was abysmal.

Match report

Courtesy of the Daily Nation
Kenya Simbas launched their Hong Kong Cup of Nations campaign on a wrong footing when they were crushed 23-3 by Chile at the Kings Park grounds, Hong Kong on Friday.

Simbas failed to score a single try in a woeful display that was characterised by poor ball handling from Jerome Paarwater’s boys while the Chileans exhibited powerful runs for the touch downs.

The Simbas’ hunt had a turbulent start when Nato Simiyu and Davis Chenge were sin-binned, forcing Biko Adema and Eric Kerre to cover up for them.

Chile could only manage a penalty through Tomas Ianiszewski as Kenya put up some good defence and upon the return of Nato and Chenge, Simbas upped their game with Darwin Mukidza curling over a penalty to draw level 3-3.

The Chileans easily won turnovers after capitalising on Simbas’ poor ball handling in the ruck to go 6-3 up at the break from another penalty.

Chile were in a class of their own in the second half, pinning the Kenyans in their own half but failed to stretch their lead after getting a penalty that Ianiszewski blasted low.

The unrelenting Chileans finally got their first try through Ianiszewski, who went on to convert to stretch their lead to 13-3.

Ianiszewski then converted Benjamin Soto’s try after a superb flow from the Chileans to go up 20-3.

Ianiszewski added another penalty to see Chile go 23-3 to leave the hapless Simbas stunned.

Russia scored a last-gasp penalty to tame Hong Kong 16-13 in the second match of the tournament.

The championships resume on Tuesday next week where Kenya take on Russia with Hong Kong playing Chile.

It will draw to a close on November 18 where Kenya will play Hong Kong with the Russian testing the Chileans.

The Simbas are using the championship to prepare for next year’s 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.


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Kamworor wins New York Marathon: His first ever

Up to this point Geoffrey Kamwror has been known as a cross country and half marathon specialist. Indeed Kamworor is the defending champion of the world cross country championships and world half marathon championships. On Sunday in New York, he won his first major city marathon when he won the New York marathon with a time of 2:10:53

Kamworor made his move at the 23 mile mark, A this point there were seven athletes in the lead group, with . He surged through the 23rd mile in 4:44, which reduced his rivals to three: Lemi Berhanu and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Wilson Kipsang of Kenya.

Then Berhanu dropped off at the 25 mile mark.  Kamwror unleased a 4:31 mile at the 25th mile mark. Neither Desisa nor Kipsang had an answer . He led Kipsang by seve seconds with a mile left. But Kipsan surged and closed the gap. But it was too late as he finished just three seconds behind Kamworor in 2:10:56.

Kamworor was elated at the win.

“What was in my mind was that I was a champion and I had to have enough belief in my sprint,” said Kamworor. “I knew I had made a decisive move but when I looked I saw Kipsang and I had to lift myself.”


1. Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 2:10:53
2. Wilson Kipsang (ETH) 2:10:56
3. Lelisa Desisa (ETH) 2:11:32
4. Lemi Berhanu (ETH) 2:11:52
5. Tadesse Abraham (SUI) 2:12:01

1. Shalane Flanagan (USA) 2:26:53
2. Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:27:54
3. Mamitu Daska (ETH) 2:28:08
4. Edna Kiplagat (KEN) 2:29:36
5. Allie Kieffer (USA) 2:29:39


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Lisanga ya Bambanda by Mbilia Bel (Translation and Lyrics)


The song Lisanga Ya Bambanda (Association of rivals) was composed by Tabu Ley. Two versions of this song were produced. One was sung by Tabu Ley and the other by Mbilia Bel.


Lyrics and Translation


Tabu Ley Website


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Joyciline Jepkosgei sets world half marathon record

Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei has been in excellent form in 2017. In April of this year she had set a new world half marathon record at 1:04:52  during a race in Prague. On Sunday October 22, she kept her momentum alive at the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Half Marathon, taking one second off her own world record* to win the IAAF Gold Label road race in 1:04:51.

She started out on a torrid pace reaching the first 5km in a frantic 14:52, and  was timed at 30:09 at 10 kilometres, ,well ahead of her own world record pace. But the torrid pace took its toll and she slowed down, reaching the 15kn mark in 45:37. She the picked up the pace, cheered on by the crowd to finish in 1:04:51.

“It was my first race in Valencia, I enjoyed a lot, the weather is nice, the circuit is perfect to run fast,” said Jepkosgei, who will turn 24 in December. “I hope to come back in March for the World Half Marathon Championships.” she said.

22 year old Fancy Chemutai finished second and Lucy Cheruiyot was third as Kenya swept the top three positions ahead of Ethiopian track star Gelete Burka


1 Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:04:51
2 Fancy Chemutai (KEN) 1:05:36
3 Lucy Cheruiyot (KEN) 1:07:31
4 Gelete Burka (ETH) 1:08:18
5 Paskalia Chepkorir (KEN) 1:09:08
6 Trihas Gebre (ESP) 1:09:57
7 Birhan Mhretu (ETH) 1:10:00
8 Azmera Gebru Hagos (ETH) 1:10:40


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Mwendwa is a good FKF chair but this Okumbi business will ruin his legacy

Nick Mwendwa’s election as FKF chair was indeed a breath of fresh air for the long suffering fans of Kenya football. Kenyans had had to endure nearly two decades of incompetent and corrupt leaders like Sam Nyamweya, Mohamed Hatimy, Maina Kariuki as well as absentee leaders like Alfred Sambu.

Indeed Mwendwa is the best Federation leader that Kenya has had since 1998 when Peter Kenneth was the chairman. But there is one thing that ruined Kenneth’s legacy and that was the selection of the unproven Abdul Majid as national team coach. It was a misguided attempt at promoting local talent. Majid had been coach at Rivatex FC but his record there was nothing to write home about. He went on to be an abysmal coach for Harambee stars and his coaching career ended.

Mwendwa is making the same error with Stan Okumbi. The latter had previously been coach of Mathare United where he resigned due to below par performances. He then became coach at Kariobangi Sharks. But his CV is very thin. Coaches should only be selected to coach national teams when they have paid their dues in terms of coaching at various levels , learning from their mistakes and applying their lessons. It is the same reason even the most intelligent among us cannot go straight from being a University graduate to being a CEO of a major company.

Okumbi’s record this far

His record include narrow home wins in friendlies over Mozambique, Liberia, Congo Brazza and Congo DR. There have been draws at home to Uganda and away to Zambia as well as draw with Mauritania in Morocco and a loss to Morocco U23. Then there were two losses to Guinea Bissau, as well as losses to Sierra Leone, Iraq and Thailand

Okumbi’s record thus far is clearly not impressive. The single goal wins over teams like Liberia can be attributed to playing at home and to the fact that Harambee stars had much better preparations than they did when Nyamweya was boss. Indeed the best thing Mwendwa has done so far is to always ensure that Stars have proper preparations and play in a sufficient number of friendlies to build cohesion. But he is ruining it all by insisting on having an inexperienced coach.


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