Okumbi Blames ‘Strangers’ for Stars’ Woes

Despite Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to Guinea Bissau in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi says the team was just unlucky and could have beaten their opponents by at least five clear goals.

Okumbi says his side inability to convert a number of chances played a part in the loss but also believes there was sabotage from some quarters.

The former Mathare United boss says trouble started when ‘strangers’ started attending the team’s training sessions at the Utalii Grounds, chanting names of previous managers and also demanding for some players be included in the squad.

“I had foreseen this coming even before the match where a section of fans came to watch the match with a fixed mind,” said the youthful manager.

“There are people who came to the training ground demanding for some players be included in the team. As a coach and a person I know we cannot get it right all the time but we can work out from where we have began and create a better team for the future

“The fans who came to the stadium with a fixed mind were out to sabotage our efforts and it was evident during the match.

“Everyone has a right to say what he or she feels but at least we must support one another and help create a stronger Harambee Stars.”

He continued: “All I need to do is psych the players and help them put their heads together ahead of the upcoming fixtures. I believe we played better yesterday and could have won easily on any other day. We have to ensure that we establish better structures that will see us qualify for the future tournaments.

“We will embark more on the youth structures and make them stronger.”

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