“FKF in its efforts of ensuring that Harambee Stars regains its glory as one of the top teams in the world has finally enlisted a professional coach who will take over our national team soon,” a statement signed by federation chairman, Sam Nyamweya said Tuesday.
“The coach was selected from the list of applicants who had applied for the vacant post and after consultations he was picked due to his impressive credentials and track record and will be unveiled next week on August 28 after introducing him to our major stakeholders in football as well the ministry of sports and sponsors,” the communiqué added.
SuperSport.com reported Frenchman Henri Michel was the man set to take over the job vacated by Francis Kimanzi in May from the final shortlist of four who included Adel Amrouche, Tom Saintfiet and former France coach Raymond Domenech.
“Those are just unconfirmed reports and we did not want to announce the successful candidate until he established when he was due to travel to the country so that we send his ticket,” John Kariuki, the FKF media officer told Capital Sport on inquiry.
Michel, a former French footballer, reportedly got the nod for his long-standing experience in managing African sides having led Ivory Coast (2006), Tunisia (2002) and Morocco (1998) to the World Cup.
He was also instrumental in the preparations of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts, Equatorial Guinea before falling out with the country’s federation chiefs over the sides’ final team selection.