That AFC Leopards have refused to honour the KPL Top 8 clash with Gor Mahia is a dis-service to Kenyan football.
According to AFC chair Alex Ole Magelo's thoughts anyway, they will not face Gor in any place, at any time.
Which is up to him as club chair, it is his choice, his decision.
However, the fans elected him to represent them in official matters and I wonder how many fans share the same view with him?
Match should take place
I will not at all delve into the reasons we are at this juncture, as everyone who cares to, knows.
And I will not accuse or praise Magelo for the decision he has taken.
However, I will have my view, which is that the match should take place.
I say so because at the end of the day, the game of football transcends all cultures, all opinions, all misgivings. It heals, it brings together even the owrst enemies.
Which is what Magelo has overseen.
It is historically proven that football is a game bigger than the four corners of that pitch and the round ball.
There are examples aplenty, we can talk about South and North Korea making up in a game of football.
Just down the road, there is South Sudan, who after gaining long sought after independence, saw it fit to celebrate their new found freedom with a football match against our very own Tusker FC.
There are examples to last the whole of this post and many more.
The fact is that football binds, if you want it to, but it also divides if you want it to.
Which is why I fault Mr Magelo, because his stance is a divisory act. It is opening wounds that need to heal.
The two sides have had previous hostilities, which is agreed.
However, to start afresh, there needs to be a fresh start, there needs to be a solution.
Which will be arrived at only when the two sides play each other, because when they meet, football willl reign supreme.
The match has to be played.
If he refuses to budge, Mr Magelo will go down in history as the chairman who threatened to ruin what we Kenyans have been proud of in our football history.
The derby is like no other thing in this country. It is our highlight, our football bragging tool.
It needs to go on, because anyway, it was and will be an entity, with or without Mr Magelo.
The desicion is his to make, but I would urge him not to be on the wrong side of history.