NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on Monday
dismissed claims made by Belgian Paul Put who resigned as
Harambee Stars head coach.
Put, who abruptly
stepped down from his role after serving for only three months
in February, gave an exclusive interview to a local daily over
the weekend accusing FKF of “not being ready for a professional
FKF in a statement
accused the Belgian of insincerity, tabling a long list of
demands he had made, and alleged he had given them only a
two-week notice instead of the one month agreed on his contract.
“As FKF, we had
honored the contract as expected of a National Federation.
Equally, the federation treated his resignation with the utmost
professional consideration. In our communication to
stakeholders, we had cited the reasons for Mr. Put’s resignation
as personal,” the lengthy statement signed by FKF Communications
and Public Relations Manager, Barry Otieno stated.
“Put’s comments are
misleading and further point out to the unprofessional conduct
he has adopted after his resignation. In light of the foregoing,
the federation feels that the coach has broken the trust,
professionalism and duty entrusted by the federation on him.
“We therefore wish
to state the facts and correct any erroneous perceptions
committed by omission or commission through the statements
attributed to the former coach,” Otieno said.
Among other things,
the federation disputed Put’s claims that his proposal to bring
his own five-member team to manage the technical bench had been
turned down, and he had been assigned an unworthy vehicle.
According to Put,
FKF turned down the request to use his connections and match
agents to secure Kenya friendlies against Luxemburg and Algeria.
By the time the
coach was resigning, the federation said Put had been paid all
his dues including 10,000 U.S. dollars for winning the (2017)
Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.