Wednesday Nov 18, 2020. 13:00
Kenya coach Jacob Mulee has stated that he will not resign his post if the Harambee Stars fail to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The East Africans find themselves fighting an uphill battle to finish in the top two of Group G after only taking one point from their back-to-back clashes with Comoros in the past week.
A 1-1 home draw last Wednesday was followed by a 2-1 loss in Moroni on Sunday, leaving Kenya with just three points from four matches and seemingly unlikely to end in the top two of a group which also includes Togo and heavyweights Egypt.
‘Ghost’, who took over from Francis Kimanzi in October, insists he will not, of his own volition, cut short his fifth tenure in charge of the Harambee Stars if they fail to secure a ticket to Cameroon 2022.
“I have resigned before and it is not a problem but for now I have set myself targets, which I want to achieve with the team and so, for now, the days of resigning ended a long time ago and I will fight to achieve my targets unless FKF decides to sack me,” the veteran coach told Goal.
He continued, “I love soccer, like every Kenyan, but we are not good enough to play [because our league is suspended], we must have our league back, and then we can talk on Kenya’s performance.
“We don’t have a league being played in the country [because of the Covid-19 pandemic] and it is affecting our national team’s performance, unless we start playing then I will keep using the players I tend to think are fit to play.”
‘Ghost’ also urged for a plan to bring fans back to the stadiums to be put in place.
“I think we as Kenyans should also put in place plans and know, ‘Yes we have Covid-19’ but [we should] have the fans back to the stadium,” Mulee continued.
“All we need is to put tough measures in place and also plan on how to have fans back into the stadium [like other nations are doing], and you know Comoros did exactly that and they were granted permission by CAF.”
Kenya’s remaining qualifiers in March 2021 see them host Egypt and play away to Togo.