Turkish trainer Engin Firat named as Kenyan coach

On Sunday, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) unveiled Turkish Engin Firat as the new coach of the national football team Harambee Stars.

Firat signed a two-month deal to be in charge of the national team for the next four 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa said the decision to extend his contract will be made based on the outcome of the four remaining matches.

“We were looking for someone who fits the project that we have. We are in between a campaign already and we wanted someone who can look at the task and be prepared for it. We were not looking for someone who would be here for three-four years but we wanted someone who can help us with these qualifiers,” said Mwendwa.

The Turkish takes over from Jacob “Ghost” Mulee, who resigned last week following a series of poor performances.

Firat’s first assignment will be against Mali in Agadir, Morocco, on October 6, before the return leg four days later in Nairobi.

“This is an interesting project and I am glad to be here, hopefully, we succeed. Kenya is a good football nation and I am looking forward to work here,” said Firat.

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