Harambee Stars coach Put quits


The national football team Harambee Stars Belgian coach Paul Put (C), and assistant coaches John ...
(FILE)The national football team Harambee Stars Belgian coach Paul Put (C), and assistant coaches John Kamau (L) and Stanley Okumbi during team's open media session at Utalii Grounds on November 30, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • Belgian Paul Put has resigned as the head coach of Harambee Stars coach after barely three months at the helm of the team.
  • Put will be remembered for guiding the Stars to a sixth Cecafa Senior Challenge title in December last year, where he pipped Zanzibar Heroes in the final at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
  • His assistant Stanley Okumbi takes over on an interim basis.

Belgian Paul Put has resigned as the head coach of Harambee Stars coach after barely three months at the helm of the team.

Put will be remembered for guiding the Stars to a sixth Cecafa Senior Challenge title in December last year, where he pipped Zanzibar Heroes in the final at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

“Football Kenya Federation wishes to inform the general public that Mr. Paul Put has officially resigned as the Kenya national football team, Harambee Stars head coach, citing personal reasons,”the federation said in a statement on Monday, adding that: “The tactician’s resignation, though down to personal reasons is a setback to the country’s ongoing 2019 AFCON qualifiers as he was an integral member of the technical bench.

“In light of the foregoing, FKF has already begun the process of finding a suitable replacement to fill Mr. Put’s position, with Stanley Okumbi taking charge of the national team in the interim period.

“Lastly, the Federation thanks, Mr. Put for his professional service and utmost commitment during his tenure with the Harambee Stars, this even as we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Though the federation cited “personal reasons” as the reasons that informed the resignation of the Belgian, Citizen Digital understands that the allure of a better job in Guinea could have led to his exit.

Put has also in the recent past made a number of demands to FKF, chief among them, the reorganisation of his back-room staff with his men from Belgium.

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