The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: FKF Told to Hire Nandwa As Harambee Stars Head Coach

Football stakeholders from Kakamega County want FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya to retain James Nandwa as the head coach of the national team, Harambee Stars.

Tacticians and players said the federation should shun the culture of embracing foreign coaches who do not take the team far, and instead focus on using local trainers.

Main sponsor of FKF tournament in Butere district, Julius Matendechere, said Nandwa has proved beyond doubt that he is capable of handling the national team better than the foreign coaches.

He said Nandwa should be confirmed to head the national team even after playing against Burundi on Saturday. "After mediocre performance in international matches, Nandwa has proved that with right attitude, Kenya can be a football powerhouse in this region," noted Matendechere, adding that Nandwa has earned a place in the history of the country's football.

Speaking after launching a soccer clinic at Buchenya sports ground in Butere, Matendechere said he intends to revamp the youth to enable them earn a living through sports.

"I know sports can promote talented youths to prosper in life and want to motivate them to love soccer as an economic venture," he said. Matendechere brought in the former national team coach, Chris Makokha, to train players and help them improve on their sporting prowess. Makokha is to work alongside Richard Omuhanda as the keeper trainer in the one-week session aimed at identifying players to form a formidable team to venture in the Provincial competitions.

Makokha who has successfully handled the national team, Harambee Stars, AFC Leopards and yesteryears' premier league side Motcom said Butere is a factory of players and exuded confidence that he will have a strong team. He called for establishment of a soccer academy in the district to tap talents and develop sporting culture in the youths.

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