The national team Harambee Stars are a weird outfit.
At times when the odds are stacked against them, they have produced results that baffle.
On the the hand, when there are expectations of good performances from the side, the results are really bad.
It is like, we like to work under pressure, it makes us better.
When we are on top, it is like we struggle because we stop working hard and rest on our laurels? I fail to understand.
The appointment of former Ivory Coast Coach Henri Michel is thus good for our national team.
I do not think that I am the only one who thinks that our performances are related to the national team's off field issues, rahter than on field matters.
I would like to beleive that during the time in camp, the preparations are done to the very best of the team.
Unless I am not in the know, the team usually camps for upto a month and work on tactics throughout and team building throughout.
Which means that we can't fault preparations fully. can we?
As we are used to, the main issues are usually to do with non-payment of allowances and other matters, so the players lose focus.
In our last qualifiers in June, the coaching staff wasted plenty of time waiting for the likes of Dennis Oliech to arrive in the country, something that did not really work out .
At the end of the day, we lost our way and ended up losing games that we should really have done well in.
That is not something that will happen under a coach like Michel.
Even if there is trouble brewing, he will do his best to keep the players on board and will ensure that they focus on the game or leave them out all together. I am sure he will not wait on an unsure Oliech, he will take action once and for all.
He will also keep the federation in check, as they will work hard to ensure he is comfortable and his demands are met.
Just like it is now at Gor Mahia, they needed a foreigner to ensure that they work hard to keep the team going well, and that in the end translates to the players.
It is sad to say, but we will only listen to a foreigner and his ideals.
That is what a foreigner brings to Kenya: Discipline, focus and ambition, and I have to say, I am looking forward to seeing how Henri Michel does at the helm.
Go go Stars!!