Harambee Stars must pick wisely
Harambee Stars’ quest to have a foreign coach manage the national team has moved closer to reality after 10 coaches were shortlisted for the job.
One fact that the federation has to seriously consider is that proper structures and professional management has to be put in place. Otherwise, even if we bring over the great coaches like Jose Mourinho, Alex Ferguson or even Arsene Wenger, the problems will be the same and no results will be achieved.
The shortlisted coaches include Ratomir Djukovic, Miodrag Dujkovic and Kikovic Milenko (All Serbians), Luc Eymael, Tom Saintfiet, Adel Amrouche (all Belgians), Claude Leroy, Raymond Domenech, Henri Michel (all French) and Oto Pfister (Germany).
Most of the shortlisted coaches have had a stint in Africa but the question again is who is the most suitable coach for Kenya among the 10 coaches and will he be given a free hand to manage the team without any interference?
I believe what Kenya needs is a coach who is able to help nurture talent by going round the country to identify players from the grassroots level, as witnessed when the late Reinhard Fabish was the coach. He completely transformed the team to greater heights by selecting hitherto unknown players, who later emerged to be the best.
My worry is that most of the coaches who have applied for the Harambee Stars job are currently jobless and most of them are just desperate to get a source of livelihood rather than having a vision and mission to guide Kenya through the unchartered waters.
Kenya has immense talent across the country but we have always lacked the proper modus operandi to identify this, especially with accusation of some local coaches having their favourite players whenever they are selected for the job.
Kenya fans don’t just need a coach who will concentrate on getting a monthly salary and bringing his cronies to help manage the team. What we need is a coach with passion, integrity, knowledge and a good track record that can be used as a yardstick for success.
I would advise the federation to avoid recycling the old coaches who have mastered the act of being sacked across Africa as they move from country to country. I would love to see a coach who has good contacts that can help place our players in big teams across the globe and one that will not be sucked into the local politics.
Kenya is currently 126th in the latest Fifa rankings but I still see light at the end of the tunnel. We will only do it with a coach who has a clear vision and mission for Harambee Stars.