Firat reveals big problem facing Harambee Stars

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 12:14 | By
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Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat addressing the press. PHOTO/Harambee Stars(@Harambee__Stars)/X

Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat has revealed one major struggle the national football team has been facing.

With major stadiums out of use for some time now and in the future as they undergo renovations, Harambee Stars have played a number of games outside the country.

Indeed, they will host their June FIFA 2026 World Cup qualifiers against both Burundi and Ivory Coast in Malawi as Nyayo Stadium and MISC in Kasarani are renovated.

For Firat, playing the majority of the games away from home has been a problem.

“One of the problems is that we played all our matches away because we do not have a FIFA-approved stadium at the moment. This was a serious test to establish a new team, but the boys went through the process well.

“We played against strong teams that Kenya is not used to. We beat Asian champion Qatar away and drew away with Russia. Things are going positive for us in the national team," Firat told Turkish news agency Anadolu.

However, the former Moldova national team coach said Harambee Stars, under his stewardship, have achieved impressive records.

“We broke many records in this process and won five away matches in the last year. No one has achieved this in Kenyan history. There is even a coach who has been on duty for 10 years, but he has not seen five away wins.

“We experienced this in one year. We won a cup in a special tournament in March. One of our biggest goals is the World Cup and the African Cup of Nations, which will be held in our country in 2027," Firat added.

FKF Premier League

Another problem, according to the Turkish tactician, is the standard of the Football Kenya Federation Premier League. However, the coach is hopeful that the competition will improve and bring massive movements to the national stage.

“The Kenyan league is not of the quality we want. Especially since the stadiums and fields are not in good condition, the players cannot truly reflect their talents on the field, which causes the quality of the league to decrease.

“I hope that if more investments come from sponsors from now on, clubs will also have the chance to make a move in this regard," he concluded.

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