On Kenya Rugby, Man City & The Power of Money

Kenyan sports fans have really spent the bulk of this weekend balancing on the edges of their seats.

Binti, one of my closer friends is among these. Aside from being one of the hugest Kenya Rugby fans that ever was or will be, she happens to be a Manchester United fan. So on Saturday, she was frantic and on edge as the Kenyan Rugby 7s Team kicked off a fairly important game against Russia. They were winning up until the last minute. In fact, as the clock hit 0, they had the win. All they had to do was stop game play. And somehow in that last play, they lost. Binti slammed tables and screamed frantically, emotions I shared with her fully.

The only other way for them to make a difference was to beat New Zealand AND Argentina. The former game was already written off as impossible; the Kiwis are beasts. And true to that, they spanked us merciless. But with the Argentine Pumas there was a chance. Again, that chance was squandered in yet another “so close” moment.

One can’t help but watch our local sportsmen – bar runners – and feel like maybe, just maybe, with a little more push and support, they’d be game changers. Continue reading

Premier League Teams – Hit or Miss?

Now that we’ve had some time to digest this past week’s action-packed EPL encounters, I figured this is a good time to share my thoughts with you on some of the key teams:

Manchester City:

After many months of speculation as to whether he would join Chelsea, Madrid, Juventus or Manchester United, City finally have landed their man Edin Dzeko who they have been pursuing for quite some time.

Initially expected to cost £50m he came quite fairly priced at £27m, he now joins Carlos Tevez and Super Mario in sharpening City’s forward line. After watching City rely too much on Tevez the whole season, it is hoped that he will be the major determinant whether or not City can win the EPL and Qualify for the Champions league. His arrival clearly hastens the departures of Adebayor, Santa Cruz and Jo. This is a very good purchase made by Mancini if not the best that we have seen since his arrival.

Verdict: Hit or Miss? Big if not super hit.

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Who Will Replace Tevez at Manchester City?

In the past few weeks, we have been treated to entertaining drama coming out of Manchester City, starring none other than current skipper Carols Tevez who’s either beefing with coach Mancini, whinning about home sickness, separation from his wife and daughters and the overall management of the Club.  We were all stunned when we saw him threatening to quit football and to make us believe that his threats were real, he had the guts to hand in a transfer request stating that he wants to leave in January 2011.

The question on many people’s minds is what on earth is up with Tevez and Argentinians generally these days? If they’re not busy trying to have you sent to the Hague, they’re busy threatening to leave lucrative football clubs?!
I mean, Tevez is one of the best paid players in England for goodness sake! All in all, it would be sad to see him leave but we all know that no single player is greater than a Club. If he were to leave City, Mancini would be forced to look around for a suitable replacement and with that in mind here are some players that the Eastland’s billionaires would be looking to fill in the void:

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“Money Cant Buy Love”- Manchester City’s Struggles

Last week must have been a very disappointing one for the owners of Manchester City who got a taste of some very bitter medicine. They must be wondering whether all the money they have can really afford them the love they so desperately want and the silverware they so desperately need. What looked like an easy week on paper proved to be somewhat difficult for them. They lost to Manchester United in the battle to sign Wayne Rooney whom many believed was destined to depart from old Trafford. To add insult to injury they lost to a relatively erratic performing Arsenal over the weekend. For some reason the expensively assembled squad still is showing no signs of gelling together. Continue reading

The Wayne Rooney Saga

Last week and part of this week has seen some drama come alive at “Old Trafford” aka the “Theatre of dreams”. One of their prized and valuable possessions – Wayne Rooney – has decided that he no longer wants to be part of the Manchester United family.

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Disaster at Anfield

If you are Liverpool fan, I’m sure many are wondering what went wrong before their Carling Cup exit. At the moment this is a team/club that continues to stumble from one disaster to the next.

Liverpool has nosedived since finishing runners-up to Manchester United in 2009 and with defeat to the League Two side marking a new low. Many sport fans’ including me are wondering what is really going on wrong, especially after this team mediocre performance in the Carling Cup.

Cleary this is a team with a lot of issues that need to be addressed. For instance when it comes to the ownership saga, there seems to be no end in sight regarding a takeover at the club. At the moment the two co-owners Mr. Hicks and Mr. Gillett are at a limbo when it comes to ownership, with each one wanting to have a say in the day to day running of the club.
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