NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s qualification plans for the 2019 CAF Africa Cup
of Nations qualification were thrown into disarray on
Monday with the shock resignation of Belgian Paul Put as
the head coach of the country’s national football team.
famously led Burkina Faso to the finals of the 2013
edition of the biannual continental showpiece quit his
post citing ‘personal reasons’ according to the Football
Kenya Federation, barely three months following his
appointment last November.
Gambia and Burkina Faso boss led Kenya to the regional
2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup title in his first
assignment in charge.
predecessor, Stanley Okumbi, takes over the role as the
federation seeks to fill in the position.
Kenya Federation wishes to inform the general public
that Paul Put has officially resigned as the Kenya
National Football Team head coach, citing personal
reasons,” it said.
tactician’s resignation, though down to personal
reasons, is a setback to the country’s ongoing 2019
AFCON qualifying work as he was an integral member of
the Technical bench,” the FKF said in a brief statement.
brought in to aid Kenya’s qualification push for the
2019 AFCON with Kenya seeking to make an appearance in
the finals for the first time since 2004.
brief tenure has been beset by challenges, with the
Belgian accusing his assistants, locals Okumbi and John
Kamau of being ‘incompetent’ and unable to handle their
The FKF says
it has already begun the process of finding a suitable
replacement to fill Put’s position, with Okumbi taking
charge of the national team in the interim period.
federation thanks Put for his professional service and
utmost commitment during his tenure with the Harambee
Stars, this even as we wish him well in his future
endeavours,” the federation added in its brief address.
The issue of
payment of his salary, said to be 20,000 U.S. dollars
per month, came to the fore in January when bookmakers
SportPesa announced the end to their sponsorship of the
federation following the government’s move to impose a
35 per cent tax on gaming revenues.
were paying three-quarters of the Belgian’s salary under
their partnership deal with the federation, although the
government moved to assure the coach of his pay
following the withdrawal of the firm from sponsoring all
local sporting entities.