I fail to understand why AFC Leopards are scared of playing their home matches at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.
When Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani and Nyayo Stadium were closed down for renovations, Ingwe listed Thika Stadium, Kenyatta Stadium and Mumias Sports Complex as their alternative home grounds.
But even with the availability of Nyayo Stadium, Leopards have chosen elsewhere to host their matches, switching them to different venues throughout the country. This has confused the club supporters who now don’t know whether Ingwe are playing at home or away.
The important point is that a club needs to take advantage of its home ground.
The fact is most teams win more frequently at home because of pitch familiarity and of course home crowd support.
Ingwe players have suffered travel fatigue due to covering long distances to play their home matches.
My general finding is that a team like Ingwe, who are financially challenged, should take back their home matches to Nyayo since even assembling players would be easy.
Players can sleep in their homes rather than in a hotel, and have less distance to travel to the venue of their match were they know their passionate home fans await them with enthusiasm.
Home fans can have noticeable effects on the outcome of the game, not to mention the gate collection.
For example, the crowd often makes as much noise, as it can whenever the visiting team is about to make play, intimidating and harassing the visitors.
Environment factors such as weather and altitude are easy to measure, but their effects are debatable, as both teams have to play in the same condition. But the home team may be more acclimatised to local conditions which may sometimes be hard to bear for visiting teams.