Harambee Stars head coach, Engin Firat, is urging his team to rise above setbacks as they prepare to face Seychelles in the next Group ‘F’ 2026 World Cup qualifier. Following a 2-1 loss to Gabon, pressure mounts on Kenya to secure wins in their upcoming matches.
Despite a strong start with Masoud Juma’s 40th-minute header, Kenya faltered, allowing Gabon to equalize and eventually secure victory. Firat remains optimistic about the team’s next match, stating, “We are going to Seychelles to win, there is no question about that.”Firat attributes Kenya’s loss to a string of injuries affecting key players like Joseph Okumu, Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma, and Daniel Anyembe.
Despite the setbacks, Firat emphasizes the need for points to progress, stating, “We need to try as much as we can to collect all the points we can from our matches.”Reflecting on the challenges faced, Firat sees the loss as a learning opportunity, expressing hope for a full squad in the next match. He remains focused on the future, stating, “There will be many matches in our group, and we’ll see what happens once we are through with them.”