Kenya coach Michel finally resigns, four months after taking over as Stars coach

The Frenchman ends his short stint with Harambee Stars after confirming in a statement to the French Embassy his decision to throw in the towel
By Dennis Mabuka

Harambee Stars coach Henri Michel has resigned just four months after penning a contract to coach the Kenyan side.

The French tactician has been on a go slow after it emerged that the Kenya Federation had not cleared his salaries. Michel earns Sh4 million while his two assistants earns Sh1.5 million each.

"The coach is departing to France tonight. He (Michel) is demanding a two month salary dating back to October," a source who sought anonymity revealed to

Michel declined to lead Stars to the just concluded Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda, terming the regional tournament 'useless' and confirmed that the Chan qualifier was his priority of which he did not handle the team.

Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya had earlier insisted that the coach (Michel) had been instructed to concentrate on the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, which resumes next March.

"It was very clear that there are still four months to go before the next World Cup qualifying match is played, meaning that Michel and his two assistants will be doing nothing between now and March yet they draw huge salaries from the federation."

The source added, "Michel was a let down. He refused to take the team to Cecafa tournament and he was the overall coach. It was very shocking that a coach of Michel's caliber could abscond duty. To me that was simply absconding duty."

Michel later confirmed he had indeed quit coaching Kenyan in a signed statement to the French Embassy. "To cut short all the interpretations based on misinformation recently published in the Kenyan press, I would like to clarify that I could not find an amicable agreement within the deadlines regarding my compliance with several provisions of the contract.”

“Therefore, I decided to stop working with the Kenyan FA by registered letter dated 10-12-2012. From today, I will not disclose more on this matter, if not by available legal means. That notwithstanding, I wish Kenyan football the greatest success.”

During his tenure, Michel lost two matches-2-1 against South Africa's Bafana Bafana in Nairobi and 1-0 to Tanzania's Kilimanajro Stars.