Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa (left) unveils Paul Put as Harambee Stars' new head coach. PHOTO | COURTESYFootball Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa (left) unveils Paul Put as Harambee Stars' new head coach. PHOTO | COURTESY
By DAVID KWALIMWA

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has unveiled Paul Put as Harambee Stars’ new head coach. The Belgian’s appointment was made public on Saturday morning during FKF’s annual general meeting in Mombasa.

The incoming coach replaces the off-colour Stanley Okumbi, who is likely to assume a diminished role as one of the team’s assistant coaches.

According sources, Put, who has previously handled Burkina Faso and Jordan, has signed an initial two-year contract with FKF.

Put comes in with a rich record, notably guiding Burkina Faso to a runners up position during the 2013 edition of the Africa Nations Cup in South Africa.

FIRST ASSIGNMENT

On the down side, the European coach holds the dubious distinction of having once been banned from football activities over match-fixing claims.

Put’s first assignment could be taking charge of the national team in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup which Kenya will host from December 3.

Meanwhile, long before FKF’s formal announcement of Put’s appointment, the impending change of guard at the national team’s helm was already diving opinion on Twitter.