Yesterday i had the rare opportunity to watch some of the biggest stars when it comes to African football. The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon were live in action against our very own Harambee Stars in a friendly played at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani. Well, we lost the match 3-1 but not without giving the visitors a run for their money. The 1st half was all about Kenya and when we scored midway through the half from a brilliant set piece, the crowd went wild with jubilation. You only had to see the goal to realise just what a masterpiece it was. I mean, it was the type of goal that you would expect from Brazil.
Cameroon had most of their stars on the pitch with the exception of Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o and Arsenal Midfielder Alex Song. Although seated on the bench, they were the main attraction. The crowd could not get enough of them. They were captained by Rigobert Song, while the rest Geremi, Bikey, Jean Makoun of Olympique Lyon led their onslaught.Idrissou Kameni of Espanyol ensured that only one goal was all we got.
Now to some good news. Togo have reconsidered their earlier decision not to play in this year’s edition of the African Cup of Nations after their bus was raided by gunmen en route to Angola. This is good news for football lovers as it restores the competitive nature of the tournament. AFCON will now have all its 16 nations represented in Angola . Togo’s group of death that includes powerhouses Ivory Coast and Ghana will now be the most anticipated round of fixtures this week.
The opening game in Luanda will see the hosts Angola battle it out with Mali for Group A supremacy. The match itself will start at 22oohrs local time after the customary opening ceremony. I expect this to be a hard game and i think it will end in a barren draw. However, this is football and anything can happen.