credit: Michezo Afrika
credit: Michezo Afrika

The blog has lulled for a while; the utterly dominant Gor Mahia really hogged the interesting tactical observations. Largely thanks to a horrible season by the other traditional heavyweights. The 2015 season done and dusted, Harambee stars came back to the forefront with a surprising (indeed) 1-0 home win over Cape Verde. The following are power points from the game:

Victor Wanyama is a defensive midfielder

We all admire that our captain Victor Wanyama has made it to the upper echelon of world football. Yet it is disconcerting that he saw more of the ball than any other midfielder. With two players more comfortable with the ball on their feet; Akumu and Omollo, it was amusing to see Wanyama labour to make passes and get into spaces. Wanyama’s role is that of a destroyer; shielding the central defense. It is important that the creative midfielders be individuals who can perform the difficult task of being most visionary player (s) with relative ease. Wanyama did well when he had to shield the ball but looked lost when he had to pick options or run into afforded space. On the contrary, the real number 8 Teddy Akumu was switching play without aerial diagonal passes.

David Owino is the real deal

It’s common knowledge that Owino is an impressive defender. He is mature and uncannily good on the ball. The Kenyan and Zambian league winner, unintentionally, appeared to be one of those showboating Brazilian marvels in how he would elaborately display his ability to release good passes from deep even under pressure.

Technique and decision making still below par

There’s no need to delve into the complexity of freekick and corner kick taking. When our Harambee Stars players got shooting opportunities the resultant shots were horrendous. The same can be said on proper decision making; a vital necessity with the split second breathing space when in the final third. If it weren’t a repeat offense we could reduce it to a simple lack of composure. This isn’t the case; the malaise is as systemic in our football as is corruption in our society. As Logarusic said, the tempo in the local league is too slow. Something which is a great factor in our producing of handicapped (figuratively) playmakers. This deserves its own piece.

Let’s keep it tentative ahead of the second leg. Meanwhile give the KPL Tactics Facebook page a like