- Underfire FKF President Nick Mwendwa has defended decision to appoint Engin Firat as Harambee Stars coach on a short term basis.
- Mwendwa says the decision was to avoid crises like before when the country has been plunged into hefty compensation plans for coaches sacked while their contracts are still running.
The National soccer team, Harambee Stars, lacks the quality players needed to qualify for a major tournament, this is according to FKF President Nick Mwendwa.
In an effort to defend the Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) decision to appoint Engin Firat as Harambee Stars coach for two months, Mwendwa said that even the top European tacticians would struggle with Harambee Stars.
“Even if you bring Jose Mourinho, even if you bring Mikel Arteta….the work that needs to be done is that we need to bring talents to the table. For you to win, you need quality players. Let us look at Mali for example. Are we better than them? The answer is that we are not because we never brought our players to that level,” Mwendwa said on Monday during an interview with NTV.
According to Mwendwa, FKF opted to engage the Turkish on a short-term basis to avoid crises like before when the country has been plunged into hefty compensation plans for coaches sacked while their contracts are still running.
“We have been plagued with tramples around coaches way before I got here (into office as FKF president). We have paid one coach [Adel Amorouche] around KSh110 million because of decisions that were not made properly before.”
Kenya has also been forced to pay KSh55 million in compensation to another foreign coach, Scotish Bobby Williamson, with Mwendwa keen on avoiding such scenerio to re-occure.
Kenya’s hopes of playing at the Qatar 2022 World Cup were dashed after they suffered a second loss in a week on Sunday at the hands of Mali in a qualifiers match played at Nyanyo National Stadium.
Fans vented their frastruations on Mwendwa and Firat, insisting that the Trukish lacks the pedigree to coach the national team. During his stint with Moldova national team, Firat failed to record a single win in 11 matches.