Two gentlemen, Diamond Okusimba and Toldo Kuria are common in a show but ahead of Kenya’s sixth and final 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda on Saturday 8 October 2011, they each have a varied view of the same game.
Awarded as the Radio Journalist
of the Year at the close of the Kenyan Premier League 2010 season, the two host
the show Homestretch in one of the
best followed Station Radio Jambo.
While Toldo sees Kenya roll over its neighbour’s easily, Okusimba feels the team will have a divided mind
Mariga is confident
– Going to the game, Uganda has beaten Kenya many more times before and therefore have the upper hand – but that is just on paper, said Toldo to futaa.com
- Kenya has three dependable players who should be a worry for Uganda; Oliech [Dennis], Mariga [McDonald] and Mugabe [Victor Wanyama]
- I have talked to Oliech and he says he will score three goals and Mariga is confident he will score a free kick, he continued.
But Okusimba is seeing it differently
he is very pressured
- The game is hard to predict. Kenya will not play it fully focussed – the team will be on the field but looking out for the result from the Guinea Bissau – Angola tie [in Bissau]
- This will leave the fans anxious, he added
Toldo however figures anyone anxious is Uganda, especially the Coach and not the Kenyan fan
- The Ugandan Coach [Bobby Williamson] has severally said he is not pressured, but you can clearly see he is very pressured. It will not just be another game as he says
Though with their own perspective of the game, the two can agree that making it to the Cup of Nations is another conversation
gives the onus to Uganda
- It will be tricky to make it there. Guinea will most definitely not beat Angola even at their back yard – we can’t bank on that game to help us, concluded Toldo
- A win for Kenya will still mean we wait for the other results. This gives the onus to Uganda who, with a win, will sail through to the next Africa Cup of Nations, concluded Okusimba
Depending on what happens on the two Saturday games from Group ‘J’, either Uganda (10 points), Angola (nine) and Kenya (seven) will qualify for the 28th edition of the African showcase to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea from January next year.