Introduced to the media and to the whole country on the back of a horrible stint by his predecessor Henri Michel, the situation Adel Amrouche finds himself in now is one not to be begrudged.
If an interview published on FIFA.com last year in February is anything to go by, then Adel Amrouche’s future might just be a few goals or no goal away from an extension or to the contrary- an end.
In the interview, Amrouche clearly states
“My mission with Kenya is to win the qualifiers for both the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. It is a big challenge, but I want to write my name in African football,”
So much might have not lived according to script, especially the beginning constituent of the statement, but he can call for pride in still being in contention for the 2015 AFCON should Kenya win against Lesotho in Nairobi.
But why does the qualification mean just so much for this man?
For starts, let’s not live so much on Amrouche’s ban, it’s unfortunate in every sensation- whether in the line of duty or not, it’s an occupational hazard every coach has to dispense with one time or another. Some sometimes characterized by a hidden vendetta while others, partly smoked out of our view by the love we possess for our country and football.
Nevertheless, Amrouche (whether true or not) had a vision of building a team for the future in the shortest time possible, that’s if we all should believe that. The transition might have taken place too fast for some, for others the feeling that finally a coach was in control doesn’t mean just so much without any big coup (World Cup or AFCON qualification) in sight.
In beating Lesotho, Amrouche shall not just be headlining another AFCON Quest; he shall be presenting a much stronger case to the federation in their push to have his appeal given more support and weight.
A contrary result (A Lesotho progress) however would mean, his convincing points are further weakened.
What would a sober federation be doing with a serving a one-year ban? A coach who would have failed in two main missions during his first two years and now getting government pay for a third ‘CAF ghost working’ year?
Like said earlier in a previous post on this blog, Amrouche is a man you either like or pretend not to like- there in-betweens just don’t exist too often.
Tomorrow he faces a tough situation, where as our feelings for him, the in-betweens are null. Unlike in the first round of qualifiers where Kenya won the first leg convincingly, this Lesotho side is capable of causing some serious damage.
Forgive our Kenyan minds, the ones that forget too fast- Amrouche’s ideas and aspirations leave alone his little achievements are all in danger of being forgotten with every advantage that goes the Lesotho way.
But did it have to come down to this?
Yes and NO
Amrouche took over a national team in a mess, a National team with so many leaders off the pitch and very little on it. A national team with so many quarters demanding for results with very few ready to play in time and effort for the results.
By consenting to be the man who was to bridge the parallel poles of extremes, he catapulted himself to the political platform of extreme praise and pride or extreme ridicule and shame by the same.
At Nyayo Stadium, therefore at the same pulpit, in extreme styles, Amrouche shall, without any human shield, have 11 players defend his views, with his pride and his word backing him up- be labelled a failure or get another chance to make his way into success.