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Harambee Stars coach Mulee sends warning: “I want players who can sing national anthem without difficulties”

Harambee Stars head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee has send warning to foreign players ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.

Mulee says that he will pick local players who are actively involved in matches week in, week out at the expense of their foreign-based compatriots who rarely play.

On Wednesday, Mulee said that there will be no more nepotism or any influence whatsoever when he will be selecting the stars to represent Kenya. “Living abroad does not automatically qualify you to play for the national team. There will be no nepotism and links as far as selection is concerned.”

“It is my work to look and examine who qualifies or not. I’m looking for players who are Kenyan to the bone marrow and can sing the national anthem without any difficulties. I want to absorb players who are actively involved in competition and are performing week in week out,” Mulee added.

The veteran manager has also applauded the Confederation of the African Football (CAF) for postponing the World Cup qualification matches from July to September. “Postponing the matches to September was a good idea. Teams now have sufficient time to prepare for World Cup qualifiers.”

According to Mulee, this will not only be a perfect opportunity for the local based footballers to shake their rust but also a great chance for him to monitor and gauge their performance in league encounters ahead of the qualifiers.

Kenya has been placed in group E alongside Uganda, Mali and Rwanda. Kenya is expected to rely heavily on the services of Qatar-based striker Michael Olunga in this years matches.

Mulee is remembered for taking Harambee Stars to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004. He is serving his fifth stint as national team manager. Previous stints include 2003-2004, 2005, 2007-2008 , and 2010.


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