Kenyan sports fans have really spent the bulk of this weekend balancing on the edges of their seats.
Binti, one of my closer friends is among these. Aside from being one of the hugest Kenya Rugby fans that ever was or will be, she happens to be a Manchester United fan. So on Saturday, she was frantic and on edge as the Kenyan Rugby 7s Team kicked off a fairly important game against Russia. They were winning up until the last minute. In fact, as the clock hit 0, they had the win. All they had to do was stop game play. And somehow in that last play, they lost. Binti slammed tables and screamed frantically, emotions I shared with her fully.
The only other way for them to make a difference was to beat New Zealand AND Argentina. The former game was already written off as impossible; the Kiwis are beasts. And true to that, they spanked us merciless. But with the Argentine Pumas there was a chance. Again, that chance was squandered in yet another “so close” moment.
One can’t help but watch our local sportsmen – bar runners – and feel like maybe, just maybe, with a little more push and support, they’d be game changers. Continue reading
This past Sunday saw the once mighty Liverpool play a newly promoted team Blackpool. If you recall, during this game, the home crowd could be heard chanting the words “Daglish, Daglish, Daglish!”. To make matters worse, the coach himself admitted that Liverpool’s plight near the foot of the Barclays Premier League Standings was ‘unacceptable’. As stated in an earlier post, this is a team that has a lot of issues and reminds me of the mighty “Leeds United” before relegation.
It has been a torrid first two months of the season for the recently appointed manager which all began with a Carling Cup humiliation at the hands of Northampton. Now with Sunday’s defeat this leaves the five-time European champions in the relegation zone. Hodgson’s coaching C.V. may stretch back 34 years and be decorated with no fewer than 13 trophies, but there were still misgivings in some quarters over his appointment to succeed Rafa Benitez at Anfield.
I am one of those that were against him being given the job at the Kop.
It’s time to forget about the over-rated and much hyped Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Kaka and co. This World Cup has brought us a new generation of heroes – players who can actually cut it on the biggest stage.
Lets take a look at 10 World Cup stars who have shone in South Africa that the Premier League would love to see week in week out.
Although the Ajax skipper’s reputation has been tarnished by his ‘Hand of God’ antics against Ghana, there’s no doubt his actions on the pitch have impressed.The striker, 23, bagged 49 goals in 48 games for his club last season and has featured in all five of Uruguay’s matches, netting a further three times.
A year ago Honda, 24, was turning out for Dutch minnows VVV Venlo but following his four games – and two goals – for Japan, he is now rated as one of the best midfielders in the world. Ohh please maybe in Japan
In Slovakia’s first-ever World Cup finals, Vittek produced a huge shock by becoming the tournament’s top scorer for a time and scoring the goals which knocked out holders Italy in the process. Though unwanted at his current club Lille and is unlikely to return to Ankaragucu in Turkey where he has been on loan. Such a player in limbo who could be a real bargain.
Don’t let Gyan’s penalty miss distract from what has been a wonderful tournament for the Stade Rennes forward. Bagged 13 goals in the French top flight before heading to South Africa – and becoming a hero in his native Ghana. Had this punk scored the spot kick against Uruguay it would have sent Ghana into the semi-finals for the first time.