Following Kenya’s 1-0 loss to Mali in a World Cup qualifier match staged at the Nyayo National Stadium, Harambee Stars’ head coach Engin Firat has made it clear that he will only pen a long term deal with the National team if he get’s assurances that a proper team for the future will be built.
Stars’ back to back losses to Mali ended hopes of the team making it to Qatar for the World Cup. Kenya is yet to win a match in the group, recording two draws and two losses.
Coach Firat signed a two-month deal to take charge of the National team and is open to extending his contract if FKF and him share the same vision with regards to building a team capable of competing at the top level in the future.
“I want to talk to the president (Nick Mwendwa). He was hoping that we can do it against Mali but the reality shows it is impossible,” said the tactician.
“We will give our best against Uganda and Rwanda and show that we are able to change something. But if there is no project, if everything is living daily (short term plan), it does not make sense being here.”
“We have got God-given talent here, the problem is polishing it. The first game was a good lesson because everything that was wrong I got to know in one match. Now we put everything together and they (Mali) only had only one shot. I know where the problem is and what to do for the future,” he added.
Kenya had so many goal scoring chances in the return leg on Sunday but failed to find the back of the net. The team was punished by Ibrahim Kone who grabbed his 4th goal in 2 matches against Harambee Stars to all but end Kenya’s World Cup hopes.
“They (Harambee Stars) had so many goal chances and to me is unbelievable that we didn’t not score. We had eight to nine clear cut chances but we could not score. They had one and got the job done said Firat.