Kenyan FA official claims the surprising results against the traditional big teams show that football is a game for everyone
The president of the Football Federation, Nick Mwendwa, has claimed that the elimination of some traditional ‘big’ teams from the European Championship offers hope for other countries.
Mwendwa said the surprise that came with the elimination of France, Portugal and Germany that even countries that are often considered outsiders in big tournaments can draw hope from the results.
“Euro has shown why football is for every nation. You have seen how big teams have been eliminated, and that means football is no longer a game for the elite countries. France, Portugal and Germany have all been eliminated and how many thought it was was even possible? “Mwendwa says Standard digital.
“The teams that we thought were great were eliminated and the football balloon predictability is why we like it a lot. It gives everyone hope.”
Spain advanced to the semi-finals after needing penalties to beat Switzerland, while Italy, who have won all four of their previous Euro 2020 matches, eliminated Belgium in the second quarter-final.
In the third quarter-final on Saturday, the Czech Republic and Denmark will face off in the third event of the European Championship – the Czechs have won both previous matches, 2-0 in the Euro 2000 group stage and 3-0 in the 2004 quarter-final.
England, who are only the second team in European Championship history to have conceded in one of their first four matches of a 2016 edition of the tournament in Germany, will play Ukraine in the second match against Ukraine in Rome on Saturday.
The attendance of fans has been limited since the coronavirus pandemic hit the world and Mwendwa pointed out how important the fans are in football.
“Football is a game of fans and I was a football fan before I became anything else. I read a piece on why Japan should host the Olympics this summer. They will be whitewashed in terms of viewers if they watch the matches. in the same year as the World Cup, ”he continued.
“The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, and the center of its appeal is the fans, and therefore the Olympics did not want to clash with the event planned for next year in Qatar.”
Kenya is one of the countries that fans cannot attend yet, but Mwendwa is hopeful that things will return to normal in the near future.