Kenyans do not believe that the national football team, Harambee Stars, is ripe enough to play at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, if their social media comments are anything to go by.
This became evident after Opposition leader, Raila Odinga, said, on his Facebook page, that he had met Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Victor Wanyama, who pledged to “carry Kenya to the World Cup in 2022”.
“Great meeting the Kenyan legend, Victor Wanyama, of Tottenham Hotspur. He stopped by Capitol Hill and promised to carry Kenya to the next World Cup,” Mr Odinga posted on social media on Tuesday, June 19.
In their droves, Kenyans, as skeptical as they may get, said Mr Wanyama’s promise to Mr Odinga was unrealistic.
EDAILY samples some of their reactions to Mr Odinga’s post:
Paul Mutie said: “So, Victor Wanyama visited the people’s president and promised to take Harambee stars to the next World Cup? Let the politicians also know how it feels to receive empty promises!”
Another Facebook user, William Wilson, said: “Thank you brother Victor Wanyama for promising political leaders like Hon. Raila that you will carry Harambee stars to the next world Cup. Let them also experience that feeling that common Wanjiku feels when they promise something they know for sure they can’t deliver.”
Lisa M Musyoki said: “Kenya to the next World Cup? That is even far away from the imaginary Canaan you promised. Let him promise qualifying for the next AFCON.”
Dixon Onyancha said: “He did not specify though whether he is carrying them to play or watch World Cup. I am assuming he meant to watch it.”
Jilop Lenkala said: “Did you just say to carry? With what? Baba, it’s just better we keep our unbeaten World Cup victory. Do you know we have never lost at the World Cup simply because we have never participated? I thought you should know.”
Evans Shiundu said: “That’s how we feel when politicians give us false promises; you just mentioned Kenya and World Cup in the same statement.”
Edwin Zackary said: “We all have dreams, Kenya will one day play at the International soccer arena, only if we stopped feeding on mercury and copper!”