When a journalist asked Harambee Stars coach, Jacob Ghost Mulee about his future selection plans after the team had arrived from an international assignment in Lome, Togo, he could not have guessed the response that he was to receive from the veteran coach.
The National Team was being hosted for a luncheon at the Safari Park Hotel in Kasarani, where even head of the Football Kenya Federation, chairman Nick Mwenda was in attendance, and made a speech.
This was just a day after the National team played against the Tologese National team in their Capital, Lome. The game was a successful campaign for the stars who beat the Togolese two goals to nil. Despite this win however, the Harambee Stars didn’t get to qualify for the African Cup of Nations, since the two front runners in the group, Egypt and Comoros, had already clinched the qualification tickets earlier.
The only thing that the Harambee Stars can now look forward to are the World Cup qualification fixtures which are slated for mid this year.
Kenya finds herself in the same group with East African neighbours Uganda and Rwanda, and west African Wildcard, Mali.
It was in connection with this that the journalist asked Ghost what plans he had for the future make-up of the team, and what role the stars of the squad would be playing.
Ghost asked him what stars he was talking about, because as far as he was concerned, his team didn’t have any stars, and everyone was equal.
Reiterating this, he said that there was no way he could be expected to pick a player based in Europe who has been pushed to the bench on back to back matches, yet there is a local player that is always on the starting lineup for his team.
Ghost also decried the fact that Harambee Stars hadn’t managed a single home win, and that this was what cost them a qualification spot.
Harambee had garnered a string of draws, only loosing to Comoros.