Musa Otieno: My dream is to be Kenya’s head coach

Musa Otieno: My dream is to be Kenya’s head coach
Musa Otieno

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday May 20, 2020. 13:00

Former Kenya national team captain Musa Otieno says it is his dream to become the head coach of the Harambee Stars in the future.

The 46-year-old former defender, who earned over 100 caps for Kenya, has had a couple of spells as an assistant coach with the national team, but his ambition is to hold the top job one day.

To that end, he is currently working on adding to his coaching credentials, having already earned some qualifications from Germany’s DFB.

“I dreamed of playing for the national team and I achieved that and went on to be the captain,” he told Capital FM Sport.

“My dream now is to be a head coach one day and this is something that is really close to my heart. I am working on my badges and qualification and soon I hope I can achieve that dream.”

He added, “I have been to South Africa both as player and coach and I have also played in the United States. I have come back home to give back to the community and I believe I have been gathering enough experience to help me.”

Otieno, who spent most of his club career with South African team Santos, praised current Kenya coach Francis Kimanzi and his technical team for taking the Harambee Stars back to the Africa Cup of Nations last year – ending a 15-year absence from the tournament.

“Kudos to the team there because they are doing a good job,” said Otieno. “The success of any Federation is usually on how the national teams perform and so far we have both the men and women’s teams playing at AFCON and we should see more.”

He continued, “We need to have corporates put in more into the game, especially in the grassroots. We also need to see fans back to the stadium and this needs all of us from the Federation down to work together for the good of the game.”

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