Kenyan football fans were left disappointed Sunday evening after Harambee Stars were beaten 2-0 by Algeria in their African Cup of Nation opening match in Cairo.
Just like many of the dismayed fans, former Kakamega Senator Dr. Boni Khalwale sort solace in a bare-knuckle tweet that seemed to take a swipe at opposition chief Raila Odinga, but it landed him in a beehive – literally.
Algeria 2-0 Kenya.
Harambee Stars displayed nothing but an amazing total lack of attacking ideas in this match which they completed without a single shot on target!
Bure kabisa! pic.twitter.com/9izgEVF4pg
— Dr Boni Khalwale, CBS (@KBonimtetezi) June 24, 2019
Kenyans, however, failed to stand with him on this and instead criticized him for insinuating politics in the whole matter. It is clear that Khalwale and Raila have not been drinking from the same cup lately due to their political difference.
Shameful that your master would rather make time for some individual dance group than the National Team. Manze, stop thinking with your balls. Respect Baba.
Bure Kabisa! pic.twitter.com/NsTRSBUPgw
— Cyprian, Is Nyakundi (@CisNyakundi) June 24, 2019
You surported three different presidential candidates,, wote wakianguka then with your bad omen you choose Ruto to support in 2022,, Bure Kabisa !!
First you have to understand that football is not bullfighting it’s a complex game beyond your bullfight imagination
We all know that the real target of your outburst is the man who is not in uniform… Boni, you are so petty these days. What happened to the Bull fighter I used to admire? It’s really hard reconciling the pictures of you in my memory and the live picture of you here…
Raila is sometimes a winner, you are so negative.. he was in Egypt to support the team
Is there a day you offered your support to the team when they needed it? We know you are a proffesional hanger but we dont need you here.
Just stick to bull fighting. https://t.co/Bha7LH57DT
— Oguda (@zaxoguda) June 24, 2019
Nonetheless, Harambee Stars have received a lot of support from many Kenyans including the President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto who even sent encouraging messages before their match with Algeria.
President Uhuru Kenyatta wishes #HarambeeStars best of success as they take on Algeria in their first match of the ongoing #AFCON2019. The President urges Kenyans to pray for and cheer on our national team as it flies the Kenyan flag in Africa's highest football championship. pic.twitter.com/yLbMn31AQP
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) June 23, 2019
With football fans during the #HarambeeStars vs Algeria match at Camp Toyoyo, Makadara, Nairobi County. Let's build on an improved second-half display for our next game against Tanzania. #AFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/G6uAL8gUDY
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) June 23, 2019
Not to forget, the former Premier Raila Odinga and Devolution CS also paid the Kenyan team a visit in Cairo, the venue of the 2019 AFCON tournament.
— Harambee Stars (@harambee__stars) June 20, 2019
Harambee Stars were frankly grouped with tough teams in group C and the loss is a huge drawback as they will have to win all the remaining matches to book a place in the next round.