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Okumbi out, Paul in: What inPut does the Belgian bring to Harambee Stars?

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Up Close: Look closely, this is the New Harambee Stars coach, Paul Put | Image source: hurriyetdailynews.com
Up Close: Look closely, this is the New Harambee Stars coach, Paul Put | Image source: hurriyetdailynews.com

So the latest news from Mombasa is that FKF has Put in place… Okay, I’ll come again in a better tone.

Mombasa, November 18, 2017- The Football Kenya Federation has Saturday morning announced the appointment of Belgian tactician Paul Put as the new Harambee Stars head coach on a two-year contract. The announcement has been made by the FA’s president Nick Mwendwa during the ongoing Annual General Meeting in the coastal city of Kenya.

Put replaces increasingly unpopular Stanley Okumbi, who is likely to assume a ‘lighter’ duty within the team set up. The announcement puts paid to a rumour that has been rife on the local football onlines since Thursday.

Put comes in from Algerian club Alger, which he has managed since October 2016. Before that, he also managed Jordan (2015), Burkina Faso (2012-2015) and The Gambia (20008-2011). He guided Burkina Faso to finish second in the 2013 Afcon. He was shortlisted for the same post Guinea and Rwanda in 2016 and 2017 respectively, but he did not land either job,

The tactician was once banned for three years because of match-fixing. Not that that would bother us as Kenyans anyway, given how we sometimes elect our own leaders.

So, that aside, what does the tactician bring to the table as he takes on his first assignment- the CECAFA competition that kicks off on Dec 3?

  1. Risk

In 2013, Put said ”¬†Match-fixing has always existed in football.”¬† He was responding to reports that police had stumbled upon a matcch-fixing racket affecting hundreds of matches in Europe. The question was posed to him a day before he instructed Burkina Faso in the Afcon semi final.

So we have on hour hands a man who seemingly knows pretty much about match-fixing.

 

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