Harambee Stars head coach Jacob Ghost Mulee has been sacked by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) after failing to win 2022 World Cup qualifier matches against the Ugandan Cranes and Amavubi of Rwanda recently.
In a statement, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) FKF CEO Barry Otieno announced that Ghost Mulee had parted ways with the national team alongside his assistant Twahir Muhidin and goalkeeping coach Haggai Azande with immediate effect.
“Assistant coaches Ken Odhiambo and William Muluya will remain in the team as the federation works out to restructure the Harambee Stars technical bench ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Mali scheduled for October 6, 2021, and October 12, 2021 home and away respectively.
Interestingly, the sacking comes just three weeks ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against West African powerhouses Mali in Morocco, set for 6th October.
Jacob Mulee, nicked named Ghost Mulee for sneaking on defenders during his heydays in football as striker, works for Radio Africa Group as morning presenter on Radio Jambo. He co-hosts the show with Joseph Ogidi, commonly known as Gidi. Indeed, ‘Gidi Na Ghost’ are famed for the Patanisho (reconciliation) segment of their morning show in which they help listeners, especially couples, settle their differences.
“FKF is immensely grateful to coach Mulee and his departing members of the staff for their dedicated service and workmanship,” FKF said. “This federation wishes them all the best in their future endeavours. The search for a new national team head coach is already underway and an announcement will soon be made in that regard.”
Mulee who was at Harambee Stars bench for the fifth time, led the team in only six matches – four in the botched 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) set for Cameroon and two in the current Qatar World Cup qualifiers.
In the six matches, he won only one, against Togo away to Lome, drawing Egypt and Comoros at home in the (AFCON) qualifiers. He lost 2-1 to the lowly ranked Comoros away in Moroni, a result that confirmed Stars would not return to the biggest African football fiesta in succession.
There were hopes of the veteran coach to start off the Qatar World Cup qualifiers on a winning note, but only managed a barren stalemate against an arguably dull Uganda Cranes a fortnight ago in Nairobi, and a 1-1 draw against Rwanda in Kigali.
Mulee appears to have foreseen his exit, during his unveiling at the Safari Park Hotel on 21st October, 2020. “Coaching is among the most temporary jobs you can talk about,” he said. “I was here before and left. Of course I come under a different dispensation and with a new mission. My mind is fully on the coming game (against Comoros) so I don’t want to talk much about what would happen if we don’t qualify for the AFCON. I’m positive about it.”