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HomeSport'Zico' leads race to replace Jacob Mulee at Harambee Stars

‘Zico’ leads race to replace Jacob Mulee at Harambee Stars

In Summary

  • Harambee Stars head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee was sacked on Wednesday night.
  • Zedekiah Otieno has experience with the national team having served as both head coach and assistant before.

Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno is the front-runner in the race to replace Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee as Harambee Stars gaffer.

A close source at the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) told TV47 Digital on Thursday morning that the KCB coach is set to be announced as the new national team head coach.

This latest development in the national soccer team set-up comes after Mulee was sacked on Wednesday night.

FKF: “We want to go for experience”

According to the source, FKF wants to go for someone who is experienced and understands the players well, although the possibility of hiring a foreigner is still on the cards.

Zico has experience with the national team having previously coached Stars between 2010-2011 and also served as an assistant to former tactician Francis Kimanzi.

Zedekiah Otieno (left) with Francis Kimanzi in the dugout at a Harambee Stars match. PHOTO/COURTESY

If Zico will be confirmed, he will be taking over a team whose results in the ongoing World Cup qualifiers have been underwhelming to say the least. Stars are currently second in group E after a goalless draw with Uganda at Nyayo Stadium and also sharing the spoils with the Amavubi in Kigali.

As someone who already has experience with the national team, it will be vital to the squad in improving their chances of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar next year.

Other sources say that Turkish manager, Engin Firat is also a favourite for the job. He was the last manager for the Moldova national team.

Turkish manager Engin Firat. PHOTO/COURTESY

So far, five coaches have led Harambee Stars under FKF President Nick Mwendwa.

They include, Kenyan Stanley Okumbi, Belgium Paul Put, French Sebastien Migne, Kenyan Francis Kimanzi and compatriot Mulee.

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