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‘Firat’s philosophy taking shape’ – Kariobangi Sharks’ Muluya hails Harambee Stars coach

Friday, October 27th, 2023 11:45 | By
Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya. PHOTO/(@k_sharksfc)/X
Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya. PHOTO/(@k_sharksfc)/X

Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya has hailed Harambee Stars tactician Engin Firat's philosophy for the national team.

Muluya, with Ken Odhiambo, is serving as an assistant for Firat, and the local tactician has said they have identified talent, and what remains is to help the players gel for a better-united outfit.

Firat hailed

"Firat's philosophy is already taking shape; the consistency and understanding are there.

"We have identified the best talents available, and the next step is to create a bond between them and make them work as a team. It is a process that needs consistency.

"He is an experienced coach and has invested a lot in doing background checks on all the players," Muluya told BBC Africa Sports.

After playing a number of friendlies, including matches against Qatar, Iran, South Sudan, and Russia, Muluya and his fellow coaches at Harambee Stars are now focused on the 2026 World Cup qualifying games.

Kenya are in the same group as Ivory Coast, Gabon, The Gambia, Burundi, and Seychelles.

Recently, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania will host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, and Muluya is hopeful that Harambee Stars will do well.

"If someone's mother, girlfriend, or kids were watching, who would not want to give their best performance? I foresee Kenya doing well - and what an honour it will be serving as an assistant coach at such a historic moment," he added.

Stint at Kariobangi Sharks

Apart from his duties at the national team, Muluya has been a long-time coach of the Premier League side Kariobangi Sharks.

Kariobangi Sharks train ahead of FKF PL match at Kasarani. PHOTO/(@k_sharksfc)/X
Kariobangi Sharks train ahead of FKF PL match at Kasarani. PHOTO/(@k_sharksfc)/X

He helped the Eastlands side win promotion to the top flight and also won the Football Kenya Federation Cup, which gave them a ticket to participate in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The former Mathare United team manager was also in charge when Kariobangi Sharks played and beat English Premier League side Everton on penalties after a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Nairobi in 2019.

"It was a moment to cherish, playing in front of around 85,000 fans. It will go down in the history of the team and the memories of the individuals who participated. It was a big experience because it's a chance that you only get once in a lifetime," Muluya said on playing Everton.

At Sharks, Muluya has been known for nurturing talents, and he is happy about what he has been doing at the club.

"Coaching young players is a calling. The trust I put in them is key. In our current team, we have three players who are still in high school, and they are playing in the top league," he concluded.

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