21st February, 2013
New coach of Harambee Stars of Kenya, Belgian Adel Amrouche, who is popularly known as ‘the architect’, has declared that his main priority now is not to beat Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the 2014 World Cup qualifier in Calabar next month.
Amrouche, who was unveiled as the coach of Kenya yesterday said his plan is to build a future and an endurable team for the Kenyans.
“The game against Nigeria will be like any other match and I believe it’s only a foolish coach that would instill fear in his players ahead of a crucial match. I respect Nigeria and I even sent Stephen Keshi a congratulatory message, but as a coach, my philosophy is always to win.
“I will embark on a crucial tactical and technical approach for the game until the end. I am concerned with building a team that will be playing many matches, not a team that will only concentrate on Nigeria.
“My name Adel is small, composed of four words, but in coaching I do big things, I don’t have a limit when I work. I have asked to be given ample working time so that I can be able to transform the team and the fans should realise we are not only building the team to play Nigeria, it’s important to build a team that will be sustainable and more aggressive,” he said.
“I want in the next seven months our local players should have opportunities to go abroad as we ensure we have a team that is self sufficient and does not have only a few players to depend on,” said Amrouche.
“My short term plan is to create a conducive atmosphere in the team by ensuring communication between me ,the players and the federation as I believe it’s important to have a rapport with the players as I want on team ,one philosophy ,one spirit and one family. My long term plan is to effectively rebuild a new team with creativity, character, new conception and to have a new crop of players who will be at the same level with the professional players .I want to use the experience of professional players and give it back to the local players to excel,” he said.