Stanley Okumbi has been appointed Harambee Stars coach on an interim basis replacing Bobby Williamson.
The former Mathare United tactician was unveiled on Saturday and will be assisted by Gor Mahia’s Frank Ouna and former defender Musa Otieno, who has been retained.
Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa defended the decision to appoint Okumbi. “We must give our young coaches the chance to manage our national teams because we have to invest on the youth.
"As a federation we will support the new technical bench so that they give Kenyans desired results,” Mwendwa told Goal. He added, "We had to settle on our own, that is Okumbi, who I believe has what it takes to take us forward. His style of coaching is what we want and our main objective is to help the team qualify to 2022 World Cup.”
Stanley Okumbi will replace Scottish Bobby Williamson
Mwendwa also said that they had asked Scottish coach Bobby Williamson to step aside so that they can settle his contract issues that includes Sh30million salary arrears.
“We have requested Bobby (Williamson) to step aside because we believe his contract with the previous regime was very expensive and must be worked on afresh.”
On his side, Okumbi said he was delighted with the opportunity presented to him, and promised Kenyans the best. “It is a challenge to me, as well as my colleagues, it is another opportunity to prove something to Kenyans and I promise to give my best.”
Kenya will face Guinea Bissau next month in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match.