Imagine having two sons considered to be the best players in Kenya and both playing for great teams abroad... Imagine being Noah Wanyama.. How'd you do it sir?
I know that McDonald Mariga and Victor Wanyama's father was a Kenyan international so football is in the blood, but many former internationals from all over the world have fathered sons and not many have made it to became even better than the original.
I guess that if it were in a forward thinking country, the federation would have at least looked into how the brothers came to be so successful.
Especially here in Kenya, it would have been prudent because we as a country have had really no success in producing great talent since the eighties.
It is agreed that Mariga and Wanyama are great footballers but what makes them so special?
In my opinion, what many Kenyan players lack that makes the brothers special is confidence and belief, as well as the understanding and composure needed to grow.
Wanyama's display in the heart of the Celtic midfield against Barcelona in the Champions League recently was composed and assured, he was sure of what he was doing and was among the best Celtic players on display.
I think we have many talented players in Kenya but the fact that these two are among the most successful should give us pause.
We need to find out how and why they are what they are and see if we can replicate it elsewhere. They have not happened by accident and I believe it has something to do with what was ingrained in them at an early age to make it possible for them to get to un-chartered waters for Kenyan football.
I think the Federation needs to explore how and why they are who they are.. If it was elsewhere, they would have atleast tried to find out.