When Real Madrid faced Manchester United during a champions league game at Old Trafford, and Christiano Ronaldo made a come back to his old home stadium while playing for Real, he promised that he wouldn’t celebrate if he scored against his former club, and he kept his promise.
However, on this weekend, things were opposite when Gor Mahia faced Zambian club, NAPSA.
On the NAPSA lineup, was Gor Mahia’s former prized top player, David Owino, popularly known as Kalaba.
The game, which was held at Nyayo National Stadium, seemed headed for a barren draw, but then the Kenyan champions allowed themselves to concede a goal when Daniel Adoko scored for the Zambians in the 86th minute.
When a local daily approached Kalaba after the game for a post-match interview, they perhaps imagined that the former Gor Mahia player was going to be magnanimous at worst, and encouraging at best. However, the interviewer got an earful.
“The players we had during my time and the current ones are heaven and earth apart. The team assembled during our days had the capacity to beat any team in Africa.”
He then went on to say that the few players who still had the potential weren’t performing to their potential, and also pointed a finger of blame at the management of the team, saying that the administrators of clubs needed to show more commitment and sacrifice if they hoped to see a change of fortunes. Posing the Kenyan state of football alongside the Zambian one where he’s currently based, he said that Zambian football managers didn’t treat football as a side-hustle or an unimportant periphery activity, but rather, the top, and only priority.
Nevertheless, after the blunt telling off and slighting, the former Gor player capped it off on a rather reconciliatory not. Acknowledging Gor’s penchant for resilience, he admitted that the second leg wasn’t going to be easy, but exuded confidence all the same, saying that it would all come down to preparation.