Pre- the Kenya- South Africa friendly, I wrote about how much the Football Kenya Federation had gambled having the match on a Tuesday evening.
I said that Kenyans are an easy people to monitor and their trends are even easier to predict.
They like and detest certain things and rarely change to new ones.
When things are negatively portrayed, they shun them and overall tend to like playing safe.
They hate surprises and previous failures.
Prior to the match, I also said that it would not sell as many tickets as it could, unless some things happenned.
First, the rain would have to subside and there would have to be many fans outside the traditional cusp that would have to show up.
The traditional football fans hate everything that the match stood for... Expensive ticket prices, Unpredictable weather and the non-Gor AFC Leopards factor.
Also, it was just a friendly match, nothing important... No nail biting stuff, no reason to complain.
But I did forget to add one factor... Quality.
When I walked into the stadium that day, I met a friend who I knew from way back in University.
They guy used to hate sport and would never have stepped into anything close to a sports cauldron even if he was bribed to.
He was the type that preferred to go sleep rather than watch the World Cup final.
But there he was at Nyayo and when in shock I asked him why and how he was at Nyayo, he told me that he wanted to take a look at the famous Bafana from those old South African movies.
Quality my friends... Quality.
Football fans anywhere win the world will pay top dollar to watch a quality match (I heard that the cheapest ticket in the EPL match between Arsenal and Chelsea cost 60 pounds (Ksh 8000).
You do not want to know how cheap the most expensive ticket was.
That is what football fans want, they want quality and every time there is, they will want to be a part of it.
That is the reason my theory the other day was overruled.. Because the quality was good.
My plea to the Football Kenya Federation is to continue in the same way and build more and more meaningful friendly matches.
It was a pleasure to have Bafana here, but I do hope that it will not be the last time we are exposed to it.
We want the quality.. How about England come here next time??