NAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 – Nineteen candidates have been shortlisted for the national football Under-17 head coach job with interviews set to be conducted Friday.
The initial list had 60 applicants, including foreign coaches but the number was trimmed to the final 19 who will undergo both practical and theory sessions before the suitable candidate is appointed.
The coach’s first assignment will be in August when Kenya faces Cameroon in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations first round qualifier.
Kenya had been paired with Malawi in the preliminary round but the latter withdrew, giving the junior Harambee Stars easy passage to the first round.
“The recruitment process for the Under-17 national team coach began in earnest on April 11, 2016 with invites being circulated to FKF branches around the country requesting interested candidates to apply.
“Out of this, over 60 CVs were received, both local and foreign, with a short list of 19 candidates making the cut for today’s (Friday) interviews. The top three candidates that score highest will be recommended to the National Executive Committee (NEC) for consideration in being appointed to the technical bench of the U17 national team,” Football Kenya Federation CEO Robert Muthomi stated.
The Federation will embark on recruiting Kenya’s Under-17 team in the next two weeks across all the branches.
With the Kenya Under-20 team disqualified in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after fielding ineligible players against Sudan in the first leg of the preliminary round, FKF will be seeking to avoid the same with the Under-17 where only players aged below 17 years are eligible to play.