Kenya appoint former Frankfurt boss as new head coach on a two-month contract

Barely a week after Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee departed from his role as Harambee Stars head coach, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has appointed Engin Firat to the vacant position on Sunday September 19, 2021. Firat was unveiled by the Football Kenya Federation president Nicholas Mwendwa at the Safari Park Hotel. He has been given a … The post Kenya appoint former Frankfurt boss as new head coach on a two-month contract appeared first on Latest football news in Uganda.

Kenya appoint former Frankfurt boss as new head coach on a two-month contract

Barely a week after Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee departed from his role as Harambee Stars head coach, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has appointed Engin Firat to the vacant position on Sunday September 19, 2021.

Firat was unveiled by the Football Kenya Federation president Nicholas Mwendwa at the Safari Park Hotel.

He has been given a short-term two-month contract, tasked to top the World Cup qualification Group F before discussing a long term deal.

The 51-year old German national, who also holds a Turkish heritage, boasts of coaching experience of close to twenty five years and is a graduate of the Germany Sports University in Cologne.

Firat’s managerial career has seen him journey through Europe’s elite leagues with different teams including German side Eintracht Frankfurt (2002-2003) and Turkey’s Fenerbahce (2002-2003) where he was head coach and assistant coach respectively.

His most recent managerial job was with the Moldova national team with whom he spent two year (2019 to 2021). He was the head coach and foresaw activities involving the team.

Firat will be expected to immediately start off with preparations for the Harambee Stars as they brace themselves for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup double header qualifier against Mali on October 6 and October 12.

Kenya is second in the group with two points alongside East African counterparts Uganda and Rwanda in third and at the bottom respectively. Mali lead the group with four points.

He takes over from Mulee who left the job on mutual consent after eleven months into his three-year contract.

His managerial journey

Firat started out as an assistant coach at Turkish clubs Samsunspor and Antalyaspor in the years of 1997 and 1999 respectively.

He then traded his game at Germany Bundesliga ll (second tier) side LR Ahlen for a stint between 2003 and 2004, before taking up a role at Incheon United in South Korea (2004-2005).

The enigmatic journeyman had more stints in Turkey with Sivasspor (2005-2006), Kayseri Erciyesspor (2008), and at Kardemir Karabukspor in the same year 2008.

His footballing experience also had him journey in Iran where he had coaching roles at Saipa, Sepahan, Gostaresh and the Iran national team (assistant between 2007-2008).

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