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Okumbi appointed Stars coach on a 3-year-deal

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Stanley Okumbi PHOTO FILE/Raymond Makhaya

Stanley Okumbi PHOTO FILE/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, February 20 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has appointed Stanley Okumbi as Harambee Stars first coach for a renewable three-year contract.

The former Mathare United head coach will be assisted by Musa Otieno who was retained in the same position that will now be referred as second coach.

Gor Mahia assistant coach Frank Ouna has been handed two roles where he will serve as third coach and Team Manager.

The development was announced on Saturday by FKF President Nick Mwendwa when unveiling the new technical bench that will be handed contracts once the federation boss returns from Zurich where he will attend the upcoming FIFA elections.

Mwendwa confirmed that they have not sacked Okumbi’s predecessor Bobby Williamson, but asked the Scotsman to step down since his contract valid until August.

Williamson who was appointed head coach in August 2014 under the regime of former FKF boss Sam Nyamweya, is owed Sh30m salary arrears by the Federation.

“We have not yet agreed on the contract of Bobby Williamson, we are discussing with him but I have asked him to step aside. I have opened conversation with the ministry because they were paying him and they have agreed to review it and find an amicable way to settle matter with Bobby.

“I have Known Okumbi for many years and he is the kind of coach we look to build in future for us to achieve our goal of qualifying for 2022 World Cup. We should invest in youthful coaches for us to have generations. I have faith in him that he will deliver. Our concept at the technical bench is team effort not an individual,” the FKF boss declared.

Okumbi, a CAF A,B and C licence holder said he will change the team’s philosophy and was hopeful to guide Stars to victory in his first assignment when Kenya will travel to Guinea Bissau in March for their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

“Everybody is looking at a good performance but we will research on how Guinea Bissau plays. We have trust in the players and I’m confident they will deliver. We are going to play a kind of different football than the one that has been before and I believe it will work for us.

“It will not take long for the players to adapt since they are professional. It’s a collective responsibility so I will meet my technical bench tomorrow to come op with a good style of play,” The 35-year-old told Capital Sport.

Other appointments are the performance specialist that will be handled by Michael Igenda while Mike Kamure will be in charge of logistics.

FKF are yet to employ a Nutritionist and a video analyst.

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The Harambee Starlets technical bench remains unchanged with David Ouma continuing his role as head coach assisted by Mary Adhiambo and Roselyn Achieng’ the Team Manager.

The team is set to report camp early next week to start preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations preliminary round qualifier where they host Democratic Republic of Congo in the first-leg March 4.

The winner of the two legged tie will face the winner between Algeria and Ethiopia.

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