Why Kenyan clubs have never gone past first round of Caf matches

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Goal samples some of the factors that could or might have contributed to those poor performances in Caf competitions

It has been almost the same script for Kenyan clubs as far as continental assignments are concerned. The local teams rarely makes it out of the first round in the Caf Champions League or in the sister competition Confederation Cup. 

Latest example was last year where both Tusker FC and Ulinzi Stars did not get a chance to 'cough' against relatively easier opponents. What could be the problem? Goal samples some of the factors that could or might have contributed to those poor performances.

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    #1 Inexperienced players

    For any team to do better in the competition of this magnitude there must be players, who are used to this competition. The advantage is that they help others to adapt faster. Unfortunately, that has not been the case with Kenyan representatives. On most occasions, they go for untested or rather unproven talent and end up suffering the consequences.

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    #2 Lack of adequate preparations

    This has been the main undoing for the local teams. Even after winning the rights to represent the nation in the prestigious competitions, the teams always resort to playing meaningless friendly matches that have no impact. How do you play a local team then expect to face a side that has camped abroad, playing high profile friendly matches?

  3. #3 Inconsistency

    For a team to do well in any competition, players must know each other well, in terms of strengths and weaknesses. It takes time to build good chemistry and understanding and as a matter of fact, this cannot be achieved overnight. Kenyan clubs have tendencies of overhauling teams every season and that affects them.

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    #4 Season calendar

    Many stakeholders have faulted the timing of the KPL season as the main reason why the teams fail to do better in the continental assignments. KPL starts in February and ends in November or December, contrary to other leagues in Africa that start on August and end in April/May. When the Champions League and Confederation Cup commence, Kenyan players struggle to hit top form as compared to their opponents, who are on top.

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    #5 Financial constraints

    A few Kenyan clubs have stable sponsors; others rely on short term deals with little cash flow. When it comes to honoring matches, the teams struggle to raise enough money to enable them to take part in the competition. Players definitely get affected, and without stability in one's psychology, do not expect a good result.