Monthly Archives: July 2013

TUSKER 1-0 KAKAMEGA HOMEBOYZ : HOMEBOYZ COUNTER THE WIDE AREAS

Starting Line Ups

Starting Line Ups

4-4-2 v 4-4-2

As is almost customary in the Tusker Premier League, both teams favoured a 4-4-2 formation.

This formation is the most basic of formations; the easiest to interpret and to implement. Its popularity comes from its simplicity. Arsene Wenger once remarked that it was the essence of reason.

“I think it’s simply the most rational formation in most cases. In fact, it’s the essence of reason. With a 4-4-2, 60% of your players are occupying 60% of the pitch. No other formation is as efficient at covering space.”

Arsene Wenger

However, those remarks were made prior to the liberalisation of the offside rule, which as Jonathan Wilson argues, expanded the Read the rest of this entry

IN MEMORIAM : FOOTBALL’S FALLEN SOLDIERS

Ten years after Marc Vivien Foe's tragic death, the Confederations Cup commemorates him

Ten years after Marc Vivien Foe’s tragic death, the Confederations Cup commemorates him

The thousands who could not cram into the Cathedral stood outside it. They kept quiet as the funeral service went on. As far as the eyes could see, they held a banner that stretched the horizons.

The reason they were there was to pay their last respects to Piermario Morosini. The Italian midfielder had passed away in a Serie B match between his club Livorno, and Pescara. As he lay on the pitch, medics had struggled to keep him alive, as others were forced to break into a police car and move it as it was blocking the entrance to the stadium with which the ambulance from a nearby hospital was attempting to go through.

Morosini had been Read the rest of this entry

VICTOR WANYAMA WAS WHAT SOUTHAMPTON NEEDED

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A deceiving telephone conversation would become a convincing one. Graeme Souness took the bait. In 1996, on the recommendation of George Weah, he would sign Senegalese star Ali Dia.

But George Weah was in fact “George Weah” and there was no star in Ali Dia. In training, he looked off. When given his chance, he proved just how awful he was. That spurned that famous quote from Matt Le Tissier, “He ran around the pitch like Bambi on ice; it was very embarrassing to watch.”

Southampton had been embarrassingly hoaxed.

Not now however. They have just acquired the services of Read the rest of this entry

KENYA 2-0 SWAZILAND : COMFORTABLE WIN FOR HARAMBEE STARS

Kenya's Starting Line Up

Kenya’s Starting Line Up

A much easier game for the Harambee Stars than the one against Lesotho saw Kenya come out as comfortable winners.

Adel Amrouche’s first win in charge of Kenya had minimal fuss, with very few tactical battles across the pitch.

Taking into consideration the fatigue factor, Amrouche made four changes to the squad that started against Lesotho. Jerim Onyango replaced Duncan Ochieng’ in goal, Aboud Omar came in for Read the rest of this entry

KENYA 2-2 LESOTHO : AMROUCHE USES WIDTH TO GET BACK INTO THE GAME

Kenya XI v Lesotho

Kenya’s Starting XI against Lesotho

Adel Amrouche is yet to win a game as manager of the Kenya national team, but he showed some great tactical astuteness in his side’s 2-2 draw with Lesotho.

The Algerian born tactician went with a 4-3-3 from the start and it was clear that Kenya were the better side – confident on the ball and passing it around with ease. It did not seem to show that these players were involved in League action over the weekend for their respective clubs, or that they were jet-lagged for having travelled from Kenya to Zambia on the day of the game.

But by the half hour, the fatigue had crept in and Read the rest of this entry

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