We are back to square one with the national team Harambee Stars.
Another couple of losses... more complaints... calls for changes.. one year later, no change.
The perennial losses of the national team Harambee Stars are easy to predict.
I say so because nothing changes with the Stars.. Since time immemorial, nothing has changed. Yes, there have been several coaches, but no change..
Why? This is what I think.
For a long time there have been no really good young players coming through to the national team. There is no emphasis on growth, No one cares about the new young players of tomorrow.
We just promote the few lucky ones and mix with some older players and nothing changes. We recycle the same old.. same old.
Everywhere in the world, even in Africa, those that have succeeded have laid emphasis on age group football. Talk Brazil, Spain, Nigeria....
Here in Kenya, we have to start from the grassroots too.. there are no shortcuts to success.. What happened to the KPL under 19 competition?
Selection has and always will be an issue for the national team.. Whether we like it or not.
I have played for the national team before and It is sad to say that I have never been called up by a local coach.. Never.
My only call-ups were when we had a foreign coach who had no bias when it came to selection.. And I can name you many other players who underwent the same treatment.
If you look at selection in the latest era under Francis Kimanzi.. you have to say that there has been favoritism. It is obvious for all to see.
The fact is that at Harambee Stars, only fifty percent of players who make it are completely deserving..
We never learn..
At the national team, we have made mistakes on several occasions, which we never learn from. We are like the student who continually makes mistakes and is never punished for them, so does not look to improve.
We use the same coaches with bad formations and poor tactics and have them return to the national team again and again. We never move on and give new people chances.
Even players who under perform and let us down on many occasions.. We bring the back and give them more time and space to dissapoint us..
We never discipline such people. That is why the national team has become a joke to everyone and under performs at will..
And now to D
Now to what I think should happen.
We need a foreign coach. Simple. Because that is the only way we will get over the selection issues. That is the only way we will get structures going again.
That is the only way the youth will get a chance.. The Oliech's of yesteryear and the Kahata's and Agwanda's of today..
However, he will need a strong assistant coach, who will not lie to him. Someone who is visionary and has ambition to grow the game.
That way, we will make a start to improving the game we all love.