Kenya is known for having some of the best athletes in the world when it comes to marathons and some short races. The country has also made a name for itself in rugby and women volleyball teams. However, when it comes to soccer, the journey has not been appealing.
Harambee Stars has had trouble shining and qualifying for tournaments in the continent. Even when the team does qualify, Kenyans are not always sure of a win despite their positive sentiments.
Take for example when Algeria defeated Kenya 2-0 in the ongoing AFCON contest. Many were disappointed in the team. Some citizens are candid. They do not withhold their opinions even when they are about their beloved country.
However, when Harambee Stars made a comeback on Thursday June 27, 2019 against Tanzania’s Taifa Stars with a 3-2win, the tune changed. Many conveyed congratulatory messages to the team including President Uhuru Kenyatta, the DP William Ruto, and ODM’s Raila Odinga
Kenyans did not hesitate to ridicule Taifa Stars’ loss with hilarious, ‘brutal’ memes on Twitter considering it is the first team to be eliminated in AFCON games 2019.
Why does Harambee Star’s victory call for a celebration?
According to Standard Media, Kenya had won only once in 15 previous matches in the AFCON competition. After yesterday’s match, they have three points from two games in Group C, level with Senegal.
Even if Kenya lose their final group match against the Lions of Teranga, they will hope to squeeze into the knockout phase as one of the four best third-place teams.
Besides, it feels nice to make fun of the neighbouring country Tanzania, which is currently in a diplomatic row with Kenya after Starehe member of Parliament Charles Njagua alias Jaguar made xenophobic remarks about foreign traders.
That is not all. Presidents Magufuli and Uhuru have had their share of misunderstandings starting with Tanzania holding on to cattle from Kenya. Nonetheless, a win is a win and Kenya should be happy it is representing East Africa in the Africa Cup of Nations games.