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He was so good they named him twice. That was the myth that normally accompanied the story behind the name of Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha. The Nigerian playmaker was a footballer blessed with such elegant poise. His touch and control of the ball was so delightfully slick. His pass sliced defences with surgical precision and majestic incision. Sometimes, it seemed as if he had eyes at the back of his head, or that his line of sight could see round corners. Whenever Okocha had the ball at his feet, magic was expected and magic Read the rest of this entry
AFC Leopards let a two goal lead slip in what proved to be a thrilling Derby.
Luc Eymael was back for the Leopards and picked a side with very much the same structure that he has built the side on since his arrival at the club. His side lined up in a familiar 4-3-3.
Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson had intimated that his side would also play 4-3-3, and that was illustrated by the pre-match graphics. However, once the game got underway, Gor seemed to settle into a 4-2-3-1.
The reason for Williamson’s departure from his more usual Read the rest of this entry
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.”
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
The festive mood had reached its climax and the festival was bound to begin. Or so everyone thought.
The 2013 African Cup of Nations has started in a mixed, somewhat confused manner. As expected, the vuvuzelas can be heard blowing. The fans can be heard passionately cheering on their countries. And the stadiums are, two years after hosting the World Cup, still top notch.
However, the stands have been conspicuously empty. Predicted to be a sold out tournament, not all games have seen fans come out in the numbers that the voices portray. Indeed, the signs were there Read the rest of this entry