Hail Harambee Stars
A week ago nobody could have given Harambee Stars any chance against African champions Nigeria but the day of reckoning came on Saturday and the fearless Harambee Stars gave the entire Nigerian nation a scare.
I personally feel Harambee Stars’ morale was boasted by the treatment given to the team upon arrival in Lagos, which led to a hue and cry in Kenya.
I can confidently claim I saw this coming immediately after the new coach Adel Amrouche took over the team. Amrouche wasted no time in outlining his ambitions and made it clear that the Nigeria v Kenya game would be treated like any other. He showered coach Stephen Keshi with accolades, which made the Super Eagles technical bench forget to do their homework on the Stars players.
It was a soul-searching moment for Nigeria, who came to the game as the super powers in Africa. Kenya were the underdogs and many had expected goals galore from the Super Eagles.
Harambee Stars have definitely made Kenyans proud, especially at a time when the country was on edge, after the recently disputed general elections. The win came at the right moment, uniting all Kenyans who, for once, forgot their tribal affiliation and stood as one country and one people.
I believe in this current crop of players. With proper preparations they can effectively ensure they remain competent at the top. It is also prudent for the local federation to change its strategy and commitment to the national team by putting more emphasis on organisation.
It’s been one of the most wonderful weekends. Hail Harambee Stars for the great job done.