Kenya’s national football team unveils new coach

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The Football Kenya Federation has unveiled Engin Firat as the new coach of the national football team, Harambee Stars. /FKF

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has unveiled Engin Firat as the new coach of the national football team, Harambee Stars. He will be assisted by Kennedy Odhiambo and William Muluya. Jerim Onyango will be the new Goalkeeping Coach.

The Turkish tactician takes charge after Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee resigned a few days ago. Coach Engin holds a UEFA Pro Coaching License and was most recently attached to the Moldova National team.

He has previously had coaching stints in the Iranian Super League with Saipa, Folad Tabriz, and Sepahan, as well as the Iranian National Team.

“I am motivated and excited about the challenge. I am confident that we can get the positive result we desire in this qualification campaign,” said the coach.

“We are impressed by his professionalism. He’s one of the best in Turkey and we want to work with him in our Qatar 2022 (FIFA World Cup) project,” said FKF President Nick Mwendwa.

“FKF is bringing Firat at a time when Harambee Stars are competing for a FIFA World Cup ticket, and Kenya stand second in Group E and we have a clear chance to compete well in this group,” Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa said.

Coach Engin’s assignment will be the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Mali, away and home, on October 8, and October 12, 2021, respectively.

Since the current FKF regime took over in 2016, Bobby Williamson, Stanley Okumbi, Paul Putt, Sebastien Migne, Francis Kimanzi, and Mulee have taken charge of Harambee Stars.

In the six matches he guided Harambee Stars, Mulee won only one; against Togo away in Lome, before drawing against Egypt and Comoros at home in the Afcon qualifiers.

He then lost 2-1 to lowly-ranked Comoros away in Moroni, a result that confirmed Stars would not return to the biggest African football tournament.

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