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Okumbi handed Harambee Stars coaching job

Former Mathare United coach Stanley Okumbi has been appointed Harambee Stars head coach on an interim basis.

The youthful trainer, who was unveiled on Saturday morning by the new Football Kenya Federation office, replaces sacked Scot Bobby Williamson.

He will be assisted by former Kenyan international Musa Otieno and Frank Ouna.

“I am ready for this assignment and itching to get started. We have been assured of maximum support from the national office. If the fans can rally behind us, I am sure we will deliver,” Okumbi said after being unveiled.

FIRST ASSIGNMENT

Speaking when he announced the changes, federation boss Nick Mwendwa said the objective was to ensure the national team programme is synchronized with the grassroots development plan of working Kenyan coaches.

“We have picked on our own whom I believe have the capacity to do the job. I have known Stanley for some time. Personally I love the passing game and believe in our own style,” said Mwendwa.

The target, according to Mwendwa, is to qualify for the Fifa World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

The trio’s first assignment will be to put Kenya’s faltering 2017 Africa Nations Cup bid back on track, with a tricky assignment against Guinea Bissau next month.