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Amrouche in talks with FKF for possible Stars return


President Uhuru Kenyatta hosting Harembee Stars at State House when the team won the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.PHOTO/FILE

NAIROBI, APRIL 14 – Former Harambee Stars head coach Adel Amrouche is in the country holding talks with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to drop a case the Belgian filed at FIFA for breach of contract.

Amrouche has been in Kenya for the last one week and it is understood talks are at an advanced stage that could see him re-appointed Harambee stars head coach if he agrees to drop the case.

“Out of ten, the chances of Amrouche coming back are eight. He held a meeting with FKF officials where discussions were done on the possibility of him coming back as a trade in with a case he has at FIFA,” a source at FKF who sought anonymity told Capital Sport.

The 47-year-old UEFA Pro Licence holder was sacked by the previous office led by then President Sam Nyamweya in August 2014 despite having four years remaining in his five year contract that was to end in 2019.

This prompted Amrouche to file a case at the world governing body where reports indicate he was seeking Sh100 million in damages.

Amrouche was relieved of his duties after Kenya lost to Lesotho in the 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.

At that time, Amrouche was under a CAF suspension following an alleged spitting incident on a match official in the first round AFCON qualifier against Comoros in Moroni.

The Belgian coach had just signed a new five year contract, tied up by the government after leading Harambee Stars to the CECAFA Senior Challenge title in 2013 for the first time in 11 years.

In February, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) lifted the six-match ban after the continental’s body meeting in Kigali during the 2016 Africa Nations Championship.

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FKF boss Nick Mwendwa appointed Stanley Okumbi as the new Stars boss to replace Scotsman Bobby Williamson just after taking over the Federation in February.

However, the appointment was not welcomed by Kenyan football enthusiast with pressure mounting on the former Mathare United tactician after failing to pick a win in his first two assignments, after minnows Guinea Bissau beat Kenya home and away in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

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