Engin Fırat is not interested in renewing his contract with Kenya
Coach Engin Firat has explained why he cannot extend his contract as head coach of the Kenya senior national team at the moment.
Jacob “Ghost” Mulee having resigned as manager of the Harambee Stars after 11 months in office, the seasoned Turkish tactician was given a two-month contract by the Football Kenya Federation in September 2021.
The 51-year-old was tasked with leading the East African country to the third round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
However, that goal was not met as Kenya finished third in Group E behind Mali and Uganda after accumulating six points in six matches.
Even during his short period in charge, the former coach of Kayseri Erciyesspor and the Moldovan national team added youngsters like Timothy Ouma and Richard Odada to the squad.
When asked if he was ready to continue where he left off, he pointed to the crisis in Nick Mwendwa’s administration.
“I don’t think I can answer this question because Kenyan football has deeper issues and it is very likely that Kenyan football will be banned by Fifa,” Firat said. GOAL.
“And so, I can’t answer that. But in general what I’ve seen in my short period is that there are a lot of talented players in Kenya.
“I can imagine how many players I will find and adapt to my style of play, but like I said the situation is out of hand and it looks like Fifa will ban Kenya.”
Although he only spent two months in Africa, he remembers the memories that are dear to him.
“Kenya is a beautiful country with nice people,” he continued. “Kenyans have always been very positive towards me.
“You can see that they are not influenced or manipulated by what the media is saying.
“They know what’s going on, they see the football we play.
“I enjoyed my stay in Kenya and to be honest there was nothing to complain about.”
During his management tenure which spanned more than two decades, Firat worked with 18 teams, including Eintracht Frankfurt and Fenerbahce.