Wednesday Oct 13, 2021. 14:00
Harambee Stars coach Engin Firat has explained that he wants to see some ambition from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) before he agrees to an extension of his contract.
Firat, who joined Kenya on a short-term contract last month and replaced Jacob Mulee, oversaw the team’s two 2022 World Cup Qualifying matches against Mali in this past week.
The Harambee Stars were humbled 5-0 in the away match played in Morocco, before a narrower 1-0 loss this past Sunday in Nairobi.
The results mean Kenya have been eliminated from the running for a place at Qatar 2022, though they still have matches against East African rivals Uganda and Rwanda to fulfil in mid-November.
“I want to talk to the [FKF] president [Nick Mwendwa]. He was hoping that we can do it against Mali but the reality shows it is impossible,” said Firat, as quoted by Nation.
“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], it does not make sense being here.”
Firat added that Kenya has talent, which if nurtured well could see the country perform strongly in international competitions.
“We have got God-given talent here, the problem is polishing it. The first game [away match] was a good lesson because everything that was wrong I got to know in one match,” said the Turkish tactician.
“Now [in the home match] 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.”