Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee, fired Tuesday as coach of the Kenyan premier league club Tusker fc, has said he was a victim of a plot within the club to kick him out.
Saying his sack came ‘too late’, the former coach of the Kenyan national football team, the Harambee Stars, said that he knew of a plot to kick him out long before the club travelled to Tanzania for the regional club event.
“I knew that somebody was after my neck, I am all too familiar with such tricks,” he said.
Barely a month after clinching the regional Cecafa Club Championship in Tanzania, Tusker FC sacked Mulee, citing a poor showing in the league and for allegedly giving the US$30,000 prize money from the Cecafa tournament to the playing unit, without the authority of the management board.
The management of the club said a meeting held at its headquarters in Nairobi did a thorough evaluation of the club’s performance in the league and resolved to relieve the coach of his duties.
And in a move that sealed the the fate of the coach, who was trained in Holland and Germany, Tusker FC – sponsored by regional brewer East African Breweries Limited – said it would advertise the post in the local media.
The club, currently ranked 11th in the 16-team league, has lost four consecutive matches and drawn two against Thika United and Sher Krauturi.
It lost to Mathare United (1-0), World Hope (2-0), Red Berets (3-2) and Western Stima (2-0).
Mulee took the Kenyan squad to the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunis, Tunisia, where Kenya was eliminated in the first round but won its first Nations Cup match.
Not a newcomer to the sometimes murky waters of Kenyan football, Mulee, a goalkeeper-turned-coach, also coached Rwanda’s top side APR.
He returned to Kenya in 2005 and joined Tusker fc, steering the club to the league championship in 2007.