Watching English League in Mathare

Soccer is very popular in Mathare

Whenever English Premier League teams are playing and especially Arsenal, Manchester United or Chelsea Mathare Valley is always abuzz with activity be it in the evening or late at night. The game between Manchester United and Chelsea was televised at 10.45 pm on Tuesday. This is late but one will be surprised to see how many people stayed late to watch the match. In Mathare Valley there very Video/Movie joints which are cashing on the popularity of soccer in England.

I decided to find out why people rarely follow up on our local football scene. First our people know very little about Kenyan soccer players apart from Dennis Oliech of Auxerre and Francis Kimanzi former coach of Mathare United. From our discussion, it was evident that the sports journalists in the English Premier League look at player in totality. English sport journalists they not only concentrate on playing alone but they also share with you players’ family background and social life. The Kenyan sport journalists rarely tell us what our players eat, which discos they go to, their girlfriends, or even which political parties they like or they support given that people here are more interested in politics than anything else.

Our sports commentators are very boring while the English Premier League journalists are very entertaining and full of drama. Watching the English Premier League one likes both the playing and comments from the commentators.
If Arsenal or Manchester United were to visit Kenya today, they will be shocked by how many supporters they have in the slums. When Arsenal is playing Manchester United some people cry while others lose money after betting.
Maybe it is high time that the Super Sports offered extra funding to our sport journalist and commentators and enhance their capacity to take our sport to a high level. This will help attract more people and sponsors.

The number of people who are attracted to English Premier League and Wrestling is so high that our sports administrators should do something. Just imagine even Mathare United despite being a Mathare team, it doesn’t attract supporters the way Arsenal and Manchester United. – Simon

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One Comment to “Watching English League in Mathare”

  1. Such an amazing analysis about our journalists. But in your article, you admit that journalists have the power to change people opinion. This is a must read for all journalist

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