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Veteran star wants style

By Farayi Mungazi
BBC Fast Track, Nairobi

It is often argued that the fear of failure is a bigger motivator in sport than the lust for glory.

Joe Kadenge
Joe Kadenge wants Kenya to turn on the style on the pitch

To many people, the issue of style is an irrelevance, as long as the team wins.

But not for Joe Kadenge - the 74-year-old Kenyan legend, who was known for his trickery and skill on the pitch.

"During my time we attacked the opposition from the start," the former Harambee Stars winger told BBC Sport in Nairobi.

He thinks the safety-first approach adopted by his successors in the Kenyan team is killing the entertainment factor in football.

Kadenge was especially irked by his country's 1-0 defeat against Mozambique in last weekend's 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The loss imperilled Kenya's chances of qualifying for the Nations Cup finals in Angola in January.

For Kadenge, the defensive tactics of the Harambee Stars in Maputo were not so much a mystery as a vexation.

"These days I see too many players packed in midfield and not opening up the game," he said.

Kadenge believes that there is no need for teams to adopt defensive game plans in their quest to be the best.

Winning matches, not avoiding defeat, must be the priority when players take to the field, he argues.

"A good team is a team that scores goals and then defends - but why defend when you haven't scored?

"It doesn't make sense to me. Are the players afraid to attack or what?"

Kadenge - regarded as the finest footballer ever produced by Kenya - added that he wants to see players given more freedom to express themselves on the pitch.

"People want teams that win and you win by scoring goals.

"I want to see players allowed to play their own individual games - there's no harm in that."

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see also
Mozambique target Angola
08 Sep 09 |  African
Nigeria draw, Kenya get first win
20 Jun 09 |  African
2010 World Cup
09 Sep 09 |  African

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