After every major tournament, the organising committee breaks down everything into figures for purposes of accountability and as a yardstick for the next hosts to improve on.
Of course that happens in tournaments organised by sane people, and it is from this discretion that we now know just how many eggs were consumed by the athletes during the Athens Olympics.
On the same premise, by counting the used condoms we know at least how many instances of ‘safe sex’ took place in the Athletes’ Village during the London Olympics.
These may seem to be trifles but their importance cannot be gainsaid.
Kenya just hosted the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and you shall know nothing about such statistics even if you scream to the high heavens.
Thou shalt not discern what took place nor get the facts of the tournament — not because the local football governing body, Football Kenya Federation (FKF), does not want you to know but because FKF itself does not have any such information.
They are in the Dark Ages where literal night reigns and they are wearing dark glasses in that gloom; all that is visible about them are the smiles and laughter that exposes their fangs. They are a scary lot indeed!
It’s a national embarrassment that the teams that participated in the Senior Challenge found themselves in hotel ‘prisons’ because of unpaid bills; we still do not know how the likes of Zanzibar, South Sudan and Sudan managed to ‘escape’ to freedom; those are trifles to our indefatigable bunglers.
But, even before the dust has settled on the poorly organised tournament, FKF boss Sam Nyamweya thumbs his chest with simulated strength and crows about Kenya bidding to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
In a Press release dated December 13, he clearly indicates that he is ready to send Kenya’s bid to host the continental championship.
And while he hogged the limelight from the national team, at State House on the President’s invitation to tea, he said: “Kenya is planning a bid for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations but, before that, we shall place a bid for the continental Under-17 championship, this coming from the experience we have had from (hosting) Cecafa championships.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta sat staring at the man with a bemused expression. Sam Nyamweya’s words did ring true and possible.
Kenyans want such a thing to happen on our soil but, apparently, ‘Uncle Sam’ was only laying a thick lie. He now plans to bid for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when the deadline for bids was November 25, 2013!
GOOFS AND BLUNDERS
We are used to goofs and blunders from FKF, and we may pretend to forgive Nyamweya for taking the President for a ride, but what we cannot forgive is the fact that the FKF boss does not know that the deadline for presenting bids had passed a month ago.
Does Nyamweya have an inkling of an idea that even the U-17 championship has a deadline for the submission of bids? Was he double-dealing Kenyans at State House or was he just baring his ineptitude to the entire world?