by John Kwoba
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The knives are out
for Kenya senior team football head coach Sebastien Migne after
the country crashed out of the Cameroon 2020 Africa
Championships (CHAN) finals to neighbors and bitter rivals
Tanzania over the weekend.
The Frenchman who took over
the team known as Harambee Stars in May 2018 is now facing a
barrage of criticism barely a year into his three-year coaching
deal for the country long starved of football success.
Having qualified Kenya to the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of
Nations finals for the first time in 15 years, Migne found
himself under attack for his team’s selection after Stars
crashed out in the first round.
For the Frenchman and former Congo Brazzaville coach,
everything went according to plan when they held the Taifa Stars
to a credible 0-0 draw away in the first leg in Dar-es-Salaam.
However, the hatchet men against Migne and the Football Kenya
Federation (KFK) were out in force following last Sunday’s 1-4
exit on penalties in the return fixture in Nairobi.
The Frenchman remained defiant, slamming his team for lacking
‘maturity’ and crumbling under pressure.
"I think we miss some maturity, maturity is essential in
"You have to be mature in the zone that means in the two
different boxes that is defensively and offensively," Migne told
reporters on Sunday.
After Kenyans took to social media to call for his
resignation or sacking, Migne fired back by saying a change of
guard at the helm will do little to bring the results local fans
"If for every defeat you want to sack the coach, change
everything. But you will stay as you are since 20 years it will
be the same," the Frenchman said.
Local media reported on the huge cost the local federation
would incur should they show the head coach the door.
"If the federation wants to fire me, let them fire me but
again if paying my salary is an issue, will they manage to pay
out my contract?" the Frenchman was quoted in a local
publication on Monday.
FKF president Nick Mwendwa lamented a huge strain in their
finances is spent on paying compensation to foreign coaches
sacked in the past, among them the late Henri Michel (2012) from
France and Adel Amrouche (2014) from Belgium.
Kenya sacks French
football coach Sebastien Migne
by Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The tumultuous tenure of Frenchman
Sebastien Migne as the head coach of Kenya’s senior national
soccer team, Harambee Stars, came to an end on Monday.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) said in a statement that the
departure of the former coach of Congo Brazzaville, who took the
reins of Harambee Stars in May 2018, came just 14 months into
his initial three-year deal.
"Consequently, FKF and Migne have agreed on a settlement for
the coach, over a period of time.
The Federation wishes to thank Migne for his exemplary work
and high standard of professionalism during his tenure, which
culminated in the country qualifying for the 2019 AFCON
tournament for the first time in 15 years," FKF said.
It said the reorganization and appointment process for a new
technical bench is already underway and the coaching team to
steer the Harambee Stars forward will be announced shortly.
"We wish the coach all the best in his future endeavors, this
even as we turn our focus on the upcoming 2021 AFCON qualifiers,
with a view to try and qualify for the final tournament," it
Migne’s assistant Francis and former Stars head coach Kimanzi
is widely tipped to succeed the Frenchman who saw Kenya lose to
the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finalists, Algeria and Senegal in
Group C of the continental showpiece in Egypt.
Despite beating neighbors Tanzania in their second encounter,
other results knocked Stars out of the competition on an
inferior goal difference in the race to qualify for the last 16
as one of the best third-placed teams across all the six groups
of the competition.
After facing a backlash for his squad selection for the AFCON,
Migne dared FKF to sack him last week after the country was
knocked out of the 2020 CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN)
qualifiers by Tanzania.
This was a result of the barrage of criticism he received
after his team fell 1-4 on post-match penalties after the two
legs of their CHAN qualifiers ended 0-0 on aggregate.
Ex-Kenya football chief
Sam Nyamweya says he is 'saddened
for umpteenth time by national team' and illegal player
by Ben Ochieng NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A former head of Kenya’s football organization on
Tuesday said Monday’s resignation of national team coach
Sebastien Migne was unsurprising.
Sam Nyamweya, who headed the organization now known as
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) said that Migne’s departure was
hardly unexpected, given the high turnover of Kenya coaches who
have failed to deliver the desired results.
"We are all saddened that, for the umpteenth time, the
national team has failed to make an impact in the Africa Cup of
Nations, not to mention a botched attempt to qualify for the
African Nations Championship (CHAN) for the second time in a
row," Nyamweya told reporters in Nairobi.
"That tells you there are underlying issues afflicting
football in the country which have yet to be addressed by the
current regime," he added.
Nyamweya said the fact that Harambee Stars failed to proceed
beyond the preliminary stage at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, coupled
with a humiliating defeat by minnows Tanzania in the CHAN
qualifiers, paints a grim picture of the standard of the game in
Kenya, especially with the country’s government having invested
The former chief also accused officials of colluding with
technical personnel to facilitate the illegal sales of players
to foreign clubs without the knowledge or consent of the
Kenyan champions Gor Mahia
football club facing uncertain future
by Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
With just days before the start of the 2019/20 CAF Champions
League, Kenya flag bearers Gor Mahia are facing an uncertain
future playing Burundi champions Aigle Noir CS in the
After making it to the quarterfinals of the CAF
Confederations Cup and clinching a record 17th domestic league
crown last season, Gor are piled upon with expectations from the
However, the local glamour club is set to announce a new head
coach this week and a slew of exits have left the team facing
the race against time to get ready for the upcoming season.
Cypriot-born Turkish Hassan Oktay who led Gor to a third
successive Kenyan Premier League (KPL) crown as well as their
quarterfinal run in the Confed Cup was given permission to fly
home to take care of his ailing parents last week and reports
indicated he will not be returning to lead the team.
Having spent a season at the club, Oktay is the third foreign
coach in as many years to leave Gor in the footsteps of former
Brazil international, Jose Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira and
Briton Dylan Kerr who are now coaching in Albania and South
"I have coached in Turkey and won the league title there,
also coached in Saudi Arabia and now Kenya with Gor Mahia, I
will always respect Gor Mahia of all the teams I have handled in
my career," Oktay said in an interview before his departure for
Earlier, his former assistant and ex-club captain Zedekiah
‘Zico’ Otieno left the club to take charge of local rivals KCB
FC in a head coach role.
In the close season, the KPL champions have seen Kenya
internationals - defender and Captain Harun Shakava and
midfielder Francis Kahata leave for Zambia’s Nkana FC and
Tanzanian giants Simba SC respectively.
Top scorer and Rwanda international, Jacques Tuyisenge, who
has led the scoring charts for Gor in the past three title
winning seasons as well as netting five in the 2019/ 20 Confed
Cup had long confirmed his departure to Angolan titans, Petro
Uganda forward, Erisa Ssekisambu who flickered on and off in
his only season at the club returned home to join KCCA while
former Kenya winger George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo who returned to
the team and won four league titles left to join domestic rivals
and 11-time champions Tusker FC.
Burundi forward, Francis Mustapha was released last week
before the close of the local transfer window as the club
sacrificed the striker to abide by the KPL rules on foreigners.
On the other hand, Gor have signed Ghanaian striker Francis
Afriye, Ivorian midfielder Yikpe Gnamian, keeper David Mapigano
and winger, Dickson Ambundo from Tanzania in the close season to
add to their foreign quota that is completed by Ugandan wingback
Shafiq Batambuze who was at the club last season.
Gor will take on Aigle Noir CS this weekend in the first leg
of their Champions League preliminary round.
The winner will face either USM Alger of Algeria or SONIDEP
of Niger in the first round.
Gor were knocked out in the Champions League first round in
the past two seasons before winning a play-off to join the
Confed Cup group stage.