Tag Archives: soccer

Stadium Cheering and Back Pain

After attending my second soccer match in a week I woke feeling the negative effects of excessive cheering.

Doing the mexican wave has left my lower back reeling in pain. Am doing stretches to get it back in shape.

With Soccer World Cup 2010 coming to Africa, the whole continent is on a soccer frenzy. Kenya might be on top of the pile in running but in soccer we are not far from the bottom of the pile.

When you are at the bottom of the pile, the only way to go up is to have hope. Kenyans are very hopeful that some how a miracle will happen and we might qualify for the World Cup in South Africa

On Saturday the world cup dream lived on after Kenya soccer team beat  Zimbabwe 2:0.

The chant of the match has to be “MUGABE MUST GO!” Poor Zimbabweans who have seen Mugabe take their country  to the dogs must have loved it. Mugabe might have been miles from the stadiums but he seems to have heard it and not taken it kindly. Later that day BBC news reported Mugabe has vowed to go to war if the opposition wins the forthcoming re-election.

God Bless Zimbabwe

Being a Spectator For a day

One clear difference between soccer fans and fans of running is soccer fans are mere spectators while we runners are both spectators and active participants. A pure spectator of running is a rare species. Although we sit to watch elite runners compete, we also wear our running shoes and hit the road.

Yesterday I decided to become a soccer fan and attended a World Cup qualifier match between our national team, Kenya and Guinea.

While local athletics meetings struggle to attract spectators I was among the 30,000 who packed the national stadium to cheer Kenya to a 2:o win. Kenya Athletics federation must have been envious of the large crowd. Even when the Kenya athletics federation allow fans to get in free, the fans who care to take the free offer are counted in hundreds.

I loved the goals scored by our soccer team but what I loved more was doing the Mexican wave. I think its in me, am not content being a mere spectator I also want to be a participant.  No wonder running is my first love.

I wish you a week full of love and peace.