Anyone who has met Kariobangi Sharks’ Chief Executive Nick Mwendwa will concur with me when I say that he does not immediately cut out the image of a boss.
He is an average height man, skinny and has some sort of
fetish for sleeveless pullovers.
You meet him on the street you will probably confuse him for another bewildered college kid, exploring his newly-found freedom.
But when he speaks, he commands authority; well, not by the tone of his voice [which borders on pitchy] but by the content of his uttering.
He is a man who has clearly studied Kenyan football and taken the practical exam-and he has a team to show for it.
So, the other day, when he declared that his Sharks were headed to the premier league, something told me to doubt him, but another [misleading] voice told me that he knew what he was saying.
His team was at the top of the standings anyway.
A few weeks down the line, the Sharks have lost their bite and are ranked sixth, with a possibility of falling even further.
Mwendwa has over this period gone quiet.
He does not grace publications/digital and print, explaining why he will not be buying premier league players, as his team joins top-flight next year.
There is no realistic chance of that happening and I believe he is holed up in some corner of Nairobi, chocking on his words-wishing he had not counted his chicks, or fingerlings [see what I did there?] before they hatched.