The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Search Down to Three

Football Kenya Federation have narrowed the search for national team Harambee Stars head coach to three candidates. The job has been vacant since Frenchman Henri Michel resigned in December last year.

Football Kenya Federation chairman Sam Nyamweya revealed this at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani yesterday where a breakfast thanksgiving was held for the national team on their return from Tunisia where they beat Libya 3-0 in an international friendly on Wednesday.

"We have interviewed three coaches we want to work with the current team of James Nandwa who has done exemplary work since he was given the mandate to take charge of the team," Nyamweya stated.

The FKF supremo stressed the fact they are looking for a coach who will at least be able to speak English in order to stave off communication challenges that faced Michel.

"We do not want to disrupt the technical bench which must be given credit for ensuring the win over Libya which was one of the best results during the Fifa international friendly week," Nyamweya added.

He stressed FKF will still continue to do all in their power to ensure the national team continues to perform well and are ready for the World Cup qualifiers where they have only managed one point in two matches against Malawi and Namibia and face Nigeria in a month when the qualifiers resume. "We are organising high profile friendly matches for the national team and next month we have two possible encounters against Egypt or Congo Brazzaville," Nyamweya revealed.

The Stars players led by assistant captain Duncan Ochieng were given their remaining allowances plus bonuses totalling Sh550,000 for the victory over Libya.

FKF chief executive Michael Esakwa and finance officer Joseph Ogolla accompanied Nyamweya while Nandwa, his assistant Kennedy Odhiambo as well as team manager Gabriel Olang were with the home based Harambee Stars players. At the same time Nyamweya also revealed he will be traveling to Europe to concludea kitting deal with apparel providers Kelme.

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