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Stars head coach ‘Afrosinema’ continues

AMROUCHE-COACHINGNAIROBI, Kenya, August 21 – The Harambee Stars head coach musical chairs continued Thursday after it emerged both Bobby Williamson and Adel Amrouche were ‘in charge.’

The latest chapter in the Stars coaching merry go round played out amidst reports the Government was set to make a seismic announcement regarding FKF on Friday.

The impending proclamation has the potential of plunging the national team and the country’s football in general into an uncertain future following its ramifications on the global scene.

It all deepened when Gor Mahia confirmed Williamson will depart to take up the position after Sunday’s Kenyan Premier League game against Sony Sugar.

“Williamson is leaving; Sunday’s match will be his last at Gor before joining Stars.

“We are in the process of replacing him immediately because and we have received a lot of applications,” Gor Secretary General, Chris Omondi, told Capital Sport.

He added the club would decide whether to name a caretaker or a full time boss following the impending exit of the Scotsman who led them to a first league title in 18 years.

The development came hours after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chief Sam Nyamweya announced they did not terminate Belgian Amrouche’s five-year deal.

“Amrouche is suspended by CAF, we didn’t fire him. He was sacked by other people. We have suffered by his suspension and in all the three matches he was suspended we didn’t win so that’s why we must have a substantial coach.

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“We have nothing wrong to do with him he was our employee and we have not taken any action against him,” Nyamweya declared on Wednesday.

He added, “I cannot discuss his contract in media because tomorrow I can be taken to court.”

The continuing saga took a further farcical twist when Nyamweya then stated:

“We appointed Bobby while on his way to Rwanda and we had agreed when he comes back we sit down and fine-tune his contract and start working.

“We are in the process of giving him and the technical bench the contract because it doesn’t take a day.”

On August 5 following Kenya’s 2015 Afcon second round defeat to Lesotho, Nyamweya named Williamson as Stars head coach assisted by retired captain Musa Otieno while another former international, Simeone Mulama was appointed team manager.

However, FKF mandarins have belatedly realised they fired Amrouche in haste and on Tuesday, the Belgian appeared before the CAF Disciplinary Committee to appeal his one-year ban from football relating to spitting allegations in their qualifier against Comoros Islands.

The federation gave Amrouche an August 15 deadline to show-cause why his contract should not be terminated in an inquest into the Lesotho loss with a 7-member committee led by Professor Moni Wekesa formed to investigate the circumstances that led to the 1-0 aggregate defeat in the second round of the qualifiers.

“Amrouche wrote a letter to us as we requested and as NEC we are going to look at it and reply accordingly,” Nyamweya conceded.

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