'Ghost' Mulee reveals what Harambee Stars must do to qualify for the World Cup


'Ghost' Mulee reveals what Harambee Stars must do to qualify for the World Cup

Mark Kinyanjui 09:00 - 25.07.2023

Mulee has given his opinion on how Kenya can qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Former Harambee Stars head coach Jacob Ghost Mulee has revealed what Kenya needs to do in order to stand a chance of qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Speaking at Zetech University Sports Awards Luncheon at their Thika Road Campus in Ruiru, Mulee said that the core of the side Engin Firat is preparing must consist of foreign-based players who have accumulated the experience of playing at the highest level of football in order to give them a chance of faring better against the top sides.

“I was at the World Cup in 2022 and I did my own analysis,” Mulee said. “When you look at all those teams in the World Cup, Morocco made it up to the last four but they had only three local-based players,” he added.

“When you look at players playing abroad, they have the right kind of training week in, week out without disruptions.”

However, Mulee insists that some local-based players should also be involved in the setup in order to allow for the players to learn from the professionals on the team.

“Not that I don’t respect players who are playing at home, but that is a different ball game altogether, so I think if we can have a good combination to get players with that Kenyan blood playing abroad with a few local players, there is a possibility to challenge big teams.” 

The veteran coach currently works at Women's Premier League side Gaspo FC as the head coach and was one of the many big names in attendance at the gala.

Kenya has been placed in Group F alongside Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Burundi and Seychelles.