Can the Kenyan football league go back to the glory days of the 80’s? When fans used to throng the stadiums and local players got the recognition they deserved? When Kenyans were not obsessed with calling Arsenal, Manchester United or Chelsea “my club”? That’s what I ask every time someone tweets/writes a facebook status or argues in public about “my team”, usually an English Premier League Club.
I am in love with local football. And not with the footballers. Okay, maybe some footballers. My point is, I plan to attend as many Kenya Premier League Matches as possible. The KPL has 16 teams, and as an AFC Leopards (Ingwe) fan, my wish is to attend all home and away matches this season.
AFC Leopards is the team to beat this season. Having finished 5th in the 2011 season, we had an impressive unbeaten second leg of that season. With a striking squad of the likes of Allan Wanga (he who married NTV reporter Brenda Mulinya-now-Wanga), Mike Baraza, Victor Ochieng, a midfield of Charles Okwemba etc, and a defence that includes Eriq Masika (we signed him from Gor for a record transfer of 450,000 from the other team. Maybe we haven’t reached the more expensive human trafficking in Europe, but so what? It’s a record!). So I was saying our defence includes the likes of Masika with his blonde hair, Jonas Paco and Kenya under-23 star Imbalambala, AFC is aiming for the 2012 KPL cup.
The other teams that stand a chance of winning the KPL are Tusker FC, Ulinzi Stars and Sofapaka. The other team (for non-soccer fans, that’s Gor Mahia) will be struggling to play in the continental cup they qualified for last season and I bet they will lose their concentration in KPL matches but then that’s my non-expert opinion.
The rest of the teams will be battling for positions in the middle of the table (and may land at the bottom), while Oserian FC and Muhoroni Youth replace the now relegated Bandari FC and Congo United.
As you may have noticed, this was not really an analysis but a post informing you that the first match AFC will play this season is against at Chemelil Sugar at Nyayo Stadium, Saturday 11th February, 4pm. The question is, je utatoklezea? (Will you be there?)