Stopping for a chat on the red Carpet earlier last week at the Grammys, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he chatted Lupita Nyongo before the material night at Beverly Hills and wished her all the best and yes, she won.
Many in this country will be happy at this and for the football folk; isn’t it not nice that even without signing Wanyama to the famous Red Devils, he supported the ‘Kenyan’ quest in another way?
But that’s just for that, the main topic this past week in Kenya since the maiden Grammy win by Lupita has been the exploration of dreams in relation to validity of the same.
A line picked from her acceptance speech has not only made it to almost everyone’s mouth- it’s fast becoming a cliché for the young ones who dare to dream.
Like any other discipline in life, dreams make or break. Football in this essence has been a beneficiary of the same if not a victim.
The life of a Kenyan footballer has fast revolved but not as fast as compared to his counterparts in other parts of the world.
Today’s footballer dreams beyond this country, beyond the green grass that covers Nyayo Stadium, beyond the garden like pitch of Thika- his dream and visions lie deep in the realisation that it can be done, it must be done and needs to be done real fast.
Kenya’s current footballer dreams of a day when he will never have to worry about being dropped by a club even before his contract elapses. He can’t wait for the day his agent will have to negotiate on his behalf and not him being arm twisted by greedy club officials to sign on the dotted line.
This country’s soccer star, today has in sight; a day when he will never have to worry about his family’s welfare or his own welfare when his career is cut short by an injury.
We all wish for that day when irrespective of who you are, who you know and who you don’t- an agent/club will treat a player/coach right just because he/she understands it’s a profession.
I’m sure you and I can’t wait for that day when we all rise up and say enough is enough to hooliganism, non-accountability and nepotism that has constantly dogged our game.
But first allow me celebrate our little achievements; our little islands of success in the vast ocean of uncertainty, trials and errors.
Today’s footballer is proud he’s got a group of people to look up to who’ve gone and conquered the world whose origin is the same as his.
He has no reason to worry of not being exposed to the world; when not on TV, blogs and newspapers cover his every track.
Unlike his predecessor who depended on fans hand-outs and club fundraisings, he’s got a sponsor to run to if not broadcasting money to make sure he’s not hungry on a match day.
Like our star Lupita, this generation’s footballer too has a stage for world approval and a moment we all celebrate them. For every hard work there’s now a reward and with each passing year, the rewards get even better.
What then does the current footballer need to realise?
Like a star we are foreseeing him to be, he needs to realise there are never any shortcuts in this game. Hard work is irreplaceable, patience a virtue and attitude is key to getting to the top.
Evening glasses can be turned into evening classes, disappointments into stepping stones for success and critism into pillars of great comebacks.
Impossible is nothing they say, but only to those who’ve got the courage to pursue them. Sometimes believing Lupita may be hard, so take a look around- what do you see? Stars that’ve made it from just around us. Will the Wanyama’s, Oliech’s and Mariga’s of this world help us realise no matter where we come from, the Kenyan footballer’s dreams are valid.
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