14 February 2013

Kenya: Nandwa Ready

Harambee Stars stand-in coach James Nandwa yesterday said he is willing to work with a foreign coach if the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) decide to appoint one as it is expected.

Nandwa, who has been in charge of the national team since the resignation of Henry Michel, has been assured by the FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya himself that his place on the Stars technical bench is safe regardless of who takes charge of the team soon.

"I will be ready to work with the coach who is appointed provided he is also willing to work with us," opined Nandwa. Nyamweya disclosed that the new head coach who will take charge of Harambee Stars will be unveiled in seven days most likely early next week.

Addressing the ongoing referees and instructors course at the Nyayo Stadium, Nyamweya said they have settled for three trainers for the plum job and that they will not go for big names this time round.

"We are going to settle for a coach who is serious. One who understands Kenya and Africa football. In fact we need somebody who will be capable to scout for talent from the grass root," he said.

The FKF Boss said they have full confidence with acting coach Nandwa, who has posted some positive results. Nandwa led the team to second place finish in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and most recently scored a 3-0 international friendly win over Libya. Nyamweya said they have plans to facilitate Nandwa's training to be ready to take over the Stars job Permanently in the future

"I can assure you Nandwa is here to stay. I want him to be trained to attain the highest coaching level. We have full confidence in him and should we get another coach, he will act as his assistant. This time we want somebody who can speak fluent English, not through a translator to avoid somebody being misquoted," said Nyamweya.

Belgian Aden Amrouche has been touted as a front runner for the job with compatriot Luc Eymael and Uganda coach Bobby Williamson also mentioned though FUFA rubbished the links between the Cranes coach and the vacant Kenyan job.

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