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Harambee Stars technical bench sent packing

Harambee Stars first coach Stanley Okumbi consults with his assistants Frank Ouna and John Kamau during a training session at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 2, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – After failing to win in their last two FIFA International friendly matches, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has sent packing the Harambee Stars technical bench with interim coach Stanley Okumbi ‘redeployed’ as the U20 head coach.

Harambee Stars, who are yet to jet in the country from Morocco where they played the two friendly matches, drew 2-2 against Comoros before losing 2-1 to lowly ranked Central African Republic.

Okumbi was named interim head coach after Belgian Paul Put resigned in February 19.

According to FKF communications director, Barry Otieno, the federation resorted to re-organise the technical bench so as to pave way for the new head coach set to be unveiled in May.

Okumbi has been in the Harambee Stars technical bench since 2015 when Nick Mwendwa was elected FKF President and has faced criticism from football stakeholders.

Since his appointment, Okumbi has only managed five wins out of 19 matches that he was in charge.

Harambee Stars, who lost their opening 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier away to Sierra Leone, will welcome the Black Stars of Ghana in their second match in September before facing Ethiopia.

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