Football Kenya Federation (FKF) yesterday confirmed the appointment of Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee as the new Harambee Stars head coach. The instalment elicited some mixed reactions in the local football scene.


Is an immediate former ‘marriage counsellor’ the answer to our woes? Is FKF becoming a circus letting go of his predecessor, Kimanzi, who had just masterminded an impressive win against Zambia, the 2012 AFCON champions?


I think the reason people like him (Ghost), is because when you go to a circus and see a bear, it’s not that captivating. When you see a unicycle, it arouses your curiosity. But when you see a bear on a unicycle, that’s when things get really interesting.


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When you combine things you are not supposed to combine, people get interested. Think of Muhammad Ali, striking thoughts, philosopher, activist, boxing champion…he is the greatest. At some level, we have to understand that all humans are broad. Ghost is a radio host, instructor and most importantly, an astute coach.


We are multi-variant but it’s unfortunate we get summarized in the most simple ways. Back in high school…I can’t clearly remember what my biology teacher said because I had just discovered Playboy magazines. But it was something along the lines of, Specialization is for insects.


Ghost’s coaching style is heavily influenced by communication. He is charismatic, and it’s no wonder he has managed some of the biggest regional clubs and not forgetting, winning three Premier League titles with Tusker F.C. Not many local coaches can say the same.


And before I declare Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee the messiah and anoint him with blessed oil, it’s a pity that he will be surrounded by dinosaurs in the name of the backroom staff. Football has changed. The reptiles have to evolve. If not, it will be a dead-end for Ghost. And it won’t be long before I change my frequency to 97.5 to hear how Naliaka finally understood why her husband had sudden bizarre shifts in schedule.


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