Musa Otieno eyeing Harambee Stars coaching job

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Former Santos defender Musa Otieno has set his sights on coaching the Kenya national team.

Otieno, who captained Kenya, has had spells as Harambee Stars assistant coach and says his ambition is to hold the top job in future.

The 46-year-old, who earned over 100 caps for Kenya, is currently working on adding to his coaching credentials, having already earned some qualifications from Germany’s DFB.

“I dreamed of playing for the national team and I achieved that and went on to be the captain,” he told Capital FM Sport.

“My dream now is to be a head coach one day and this is something that is really close to my heart. I am working on my badges and qualification and soon I hope I can achieve that dream.”

He is one of the most successful footballers, having spent 14 seasons in South African with Cape Town’s Santos. He also had a brief stint with Cleveland City Stars in the United States of America.

“I have been to South Africa both as player and coach and I have also played in the United States. I have come back home to give back to the community and I believe I have been gathering enough experience to help me,” he added.

Otieno commended current Kenya coach Francis Kimanzi and his technical team for taking the Harambee Stars back to the Africa Cup of Nations last year – ending a 15-year absence from the tournament.

“Kudos to the team there because they are doing a good job,” said Otieno.

“The success of any Federation is usually on how the national teams perform and so far we have both the men and women’s teams playing at AFCON and we should see more.”

He believes the Kenya game lacks the backing of the corporate sector.

“We need to have corporates put in more into the game, especially in the grassroots. We also need to see fans back to the stadium and this needs all of us from the Federation down to work together for the good of the game.”

At the height of his career, Otieno helped Santos win the PSL title in 2001-02, the Bob Save Super Bowl in 2001, the BP Top 8 in 2002, and the ABSA Cup in 2003. He retired in 2011 after making 311 appearances for the club.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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