The issue that has blighted our football through the ages is back, well in the news.
It is being spoken of with the kind of low tones that depict a virus like HIV Aids.
People still act like it is not there/ has never existed, like it is alien to our lives
It has just landed like a bottle in the wilderness, (read) The Gods Must be Crazy.
We need to get real.
Heads in the sand
Bribery has been there in football, let alone Kenyan football, it has been there for as long as prostitutes have existed in our sick world.
It is not like we do not know though, just like we condemn every bad thing that happens in our country, as long as it doesn't to us.
'' Ooh corruption ''.. '' Those politicians and their bad bad ways ''..
And we are the same guys who want to bribe our way out of driving offences and taxes.
'' It is their problem, not mine, we always say.
Begins with us
You see, the problem is that we are not accountable for anything that we feel affects us negatively and the only way we see negatives is when things happen to us; then we start complaining.
When it was AFC Leopards and Sofapaka bribing their way into the KPL, no one wanted to say a thing.
If Gor Mahia get easy decisions for their cause, all of a sudden the referee had an off day and it is okay.
When the reverse happens to the big boys, the world will come to an end. The papers highlight the story, the news is full of it.
Double standards galore.
The recent thing with Kakamega Homeboyz and all those division one clubs is true. It has happened in the light of day.
Even coaches of certain clubs know before hand. It is not something new to them, they even know the players who do such and even at times do it themselves.
Big deal? No
Accountability is a must for us to change certain behaviour. If we do not start from within ourselves, then there is no change.
There never will be..
So, please do not throw stones and you would not want the same to be done unto you.
I will bet that the teams making noise at the moment would be glad if it were them in the same position.
For the record: I am not taking sides or making noise here. I am just stating that it is a disease that has to be dealt with across the board.
But it starts with us as individuals. We have to take a good look at ourselves.
We must be accountable first, before we expect it from others.