Category Archives: Africa

Africa lacks creative playmakers to ignite the World Cup

Jay Jay Okocha displays his talents on stage at the 2008 MTV Music Awards

Jay Jay Okocha displays his talents on stage at the 2008 MTV Music Awards

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

GOR MAHIA 2-2 AFC LEOPARDS : ALL SQUARE IN THE DERBY

Gor v AFC

Starting Lineups

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.

Midfield Pack

The reason for Williamson’s departure from his more usual Read the rest of this entry

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

HARAMBEE STARS FAIL TO SHINE

Kenyan football fans at the game with Nigeria *** image courtesy of michezoafrika***

Kenyan football fans at the game with Nigeria *** image courtesy of michezoafrika***

by Victor Karuga

Tension. So thick you can cut it with a knife, throw it onto the pitch and risk the ire of match day stewards. Maybe,  just maybe, that will elicit some kind of reaction from the team on the pitch; spark them into life. All they seem to do is stroke the ball around aimlesslly and purposeless, the picture of indifference. They don’t seem to understand what the fans have gone through, coming to watch them play, and on a weekday. Sacrifice.

The Federation was skeptical of attendance figures. Well, they can relax. There’s someone behind me, and I am slammed into Read the rest of this entry

EMPTY STADIUMS; DULL FOOTBALL; THE STORY OF AFCON2013 THUS FAR

Empty seats at the AFCON 2013 Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium in Johannesburg  *** image courtesy of zimbio ***

Empty seats at the AFCON 2013 Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium in Johannesburg *** image courtesy of zimbio ***

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

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