NAIROBI, Kenya, September 17 – Jacob Mulee has been appointed Harambee stars coach for the remainder of Harambee Stars Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.
Mulee told Capital Sport on Friday that he took up the job after he was approached by Football Kenya Limited (FKL) following yesterday’s resignation by Twahir Muhiddin.
“We had been in negotiations even before the qualifiers but they broke down. Then they came back to me on Thursday and wanted an answer and I agreed to give it a go,” said Mulee.
“Once you’ve coached, it’s like taking opium, you can never get enough when I was approached I could not resist. I didn’t know that they were speaking with Kimanzi but I decided I should give it a shot whether I was plan B or not,” he added.
Earlier Friday, speculation was rife that Francis Kimanzi would be reappointed as coach but Football Kenya Limited Mohammed Hatimy also confirmed that they had settled on Mulee.
“We tried to get Kimanzi but did not succeed because of his visa issues. He had traveled on a single entry visa and could not get a multiple one so we opted for the next best option which was Mulee.”
Hatimy added that they will sit down with Mulee after the Uganda match on October 9 to discuss terms, “We want him to concentrate on the Uganda match because of its significance then we will thrash out details of his contract.”
Gor Mahia coach Zedekiah Otieno and Mathare united assistant coach Salim Ali will continue in their roles.
Mulee says Kenya has to beat Uganda if it’s to keep alive its hope of qualifying for 2012 Cup of Nations finals.
“There are no two ways; we have to beat Uganda. To qualify for 2012, we have tow in all our home games against Uganda, Angola and Guinea Bissau and then win one way match,” said Mulee.
This is Mulee’s third stint in charge of the national team. Widely regarded as one of the more successful Kenyan coaches in recent times, Mulee coached Harambee Stars to the 2004 CAN finals in Tunisia where he guided Kenya to its first win at the finals.
He also won the 2002 East and Central senior Challenge championships in Tanzania ending 19 year drought. Locally, he coached Tusker to three Premier League wins and two East and Central Club Championship titles.