Harambee Stars coach Jacob Ghost Mulee and his assistant Twahir Muhiddin sing national anthemn at Nyayo national stadium during their Friendly match against South Sudan on March 13, 2021. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

News of Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee leaving his role as national men’s football team head coach, did not come as a surprise to many football stakeholders.

Neither was strange to many fans, who have been following the Football Kenya Federation administration actions for the past five years.

Since the current FKF regime took over in 2016, Bobby Williamson, Stanley Okumbi, Paul Putt, Sebastien Migne, Francis Kimanzi and Mulee have taken charge of Harambee Stars.

A seventh coach is on the waiting bay after the federation confirmed the exit of Mulee, his assistant Twahir Muhiddin and goalkeeper trainer Haggai Azande on Wednesday evening.

Kenya plays Mali in back-to-back 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers on October 6 and October 12.

That in less than 20 days the national team has such a high profile match and is currently with no coach, is surely a reason to worry many.

In the six matches he guided Harambee Stars, Mulee won only one; against Togo away in Lome, before drawing against Egypt and Comoros at home in the Afcon qualifiers.

He then lost 2-1 to the lowly-ranked Comoros away in Moroni, a result that confirmed Stars would not return to the biggest African football tournament.

There were high hopes for the veteran coach to start the Qatar World Cup qualifiers on a winning note, but a barren draw against Uganda Cranes in Nairobi and a 1-1 tie against Rwanda in Kigali was all Mulee could master.

Is the rapid change of guard healthy for the national team’s development? The answer is no, according to former Harambee Stars forward Boniface Ambani.

Speaking to the Standard Sports, Ambani said stability and consistency of the performance of the team will be greatly affected after Mulee left with only 11 months on the job.

“We can’t tell what happened between the federation and Mulee. Personally, I have worked with Mulee closely both in national team and club level and what I can say is that he is a very principled coach,”said Ambani.

“Stability of the national team will be shaky because when you bring in a new coach, he will come with his own philosophy, which contrasts with the existing one.”

Ambani said every coach will always come with his own players, which definitely makes building a strong team in a short period of time even harder.

“Our neighbours Uganda and Tanzania are consistent,” said Ambani.

 

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