The Scottish tactician will be assisted by former defender Musa Otieno as exclusively revealed by Goal while Simeon Mulama takes over TM role
By Dennis Mabuka/Chief Editor
Football Kenyan Federation have settled for Scottish Bobby Williamson as head coach of Harambee Stars on a two year term.
Williamson, who replaces Adel Amrouche, will be assisted by former defender Musa Otieno while Simeon Mulama takes over team managers’ role.
Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya revealed to Goal on Tuesday that contractual terms for the new technical bench will be revealed later.
“We needed a coach who understands our game and Bobby Williamson is that kind of a coach. He (Williamson) has been around for some time now having been at the helm of Gor Mahia and we hope with our support, he will be able to bring required results.
“We held fruitful discussions with his club Gor Mahia and we want him to start work immediately after he returns from Cecafa Kagame Cup where the league champions will represent Kenya.”
Williamson has knowledge of African football having handled Uganda Cranes, whom he joined in 2008 replacing Csaba Laszlo, who had resigned.
Twice he took Uganda close to reaching finals of African Cup of Nations- latest being in 2013 when they lost to Zambia on penalty shoot-outs before he was sacked. On July, 2013, he signed for Gor Mahia replacing Zdravko Logarusic and went on to win Kenyan Premier League title on first attempt.
As exclusively revealed by Goal on Tuesday, former international Musa Otieno will help Williamson. Otieno, who relocated to Kenya this year after 16 years away in South Africa where he played for Sanlam Santos and was also assistant coach, makes a comeback as deputy.
Otieno is the highest capped player for Kenya with 104 caps and was captain of Stars for 13 years having made his debut in 1993 against then Zaire.
Two years ago, Otieno was appointed assistant coach of national team under the then coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno but left after coach Francis Kimanzi took over in November 2011.
On Sunday, Kenya FA disbanded entire technical bench comprising of coach Adel Amrouche, assistants James Nandwa, Ken Odhiambo and Technical Director Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee after the country failed to reach Group stage of African Cup of Nations qualifiers losing to Lesotho 1-0 on aggregate.