A true sportsman is one who accepts that in any competition there’s always a winner and a looser…. That’s the etho depicted by the zealous Chanamaro team who congratulated the winners after the quarter final shoot out between them and kajiado County.
Despite the weather the brave warriors braced themselves and faced their brothers from kajiado County and after the normal full time and extra time there was no difference between the two super powers… The game started with a high tempo and both teams were able to find the net twice…. As there was no winner during the normal time the referee of the day was forced to extend the game to extra time and still the scoreline remained the same. The game was then decided by penalty shootout for a winner to be declared.. Unlucky enough two warriors missed their mark and missed their penalties.. [Makomba of Nameless Fc and Fred of Hola] two other players scored their penalties [Warsame and Baku].
But as true sportsmen the Tana Warriors exited the competition with their heads held high as they gained exposure, experience and were able to know the beauty of football and will cherish the chance for next year edition and for this the county government of Tana River will have to make plans for a County Team in advance so that this year’s mistakes will be corrected as in this Year’s Edition the team was assembled in a hurry and it wasn’t even able to have a camp.
It’s upto the County Government and the office of the Chair Tana River County to work out on modalities of how they can assemble a team to represent our County in Kenyan Football Games…. Just like other counties they can hire some of the Football members to junior positions within the county for motivation… Scouting should also be done and tournaments be conducted every year.
We need a team that is better prepared next year. Let it cut across the County. The County can organise tournaments at Divisional level and a special scouting team can be visiting the planned venues at the division. A total of an agreed number of players can be selected, let’s say during the holidays, and then a special venue can be selected for the chosen players to camp for a period of maybe 2 weeks. Then the best can be picked to represent the County.