Claude Leroy, Otto Pfister & the five foreign coaches aiming to take charge of Kenya

The national team is lacking a leader off the pitch in order for the team to progress, but it seems that five European coaches are being considered
By Dennis Mabuka

The Kenya national team is in a state of turmoil at the moment, and a solid coach needs to be appointed in order for the side to move forward and improve, but it seems that the local authorities are bent on selecting a foreign coach for the Harambee Stars.

A few names have been thrown around in the media, and it is likely that one of those candidates will soon be the man in charge of the Kenyan national team. The Federation of Kenyan Football (FKF) is currently considering five European gentlemen. take a look at the foreign coaches who stand a chance of taking over the reigns with the Harambee Stars.


Born March 7, 1968 in Kouba, Algiers, Amrouche is an Algerian former football manager and ex-player. His last assignment was in Burundi with the national team before resigning.

Amrouche began his managerial career in 1988 by coaching the youth ranks of local club Omr El Annasser while playing for the senior team. He held the same role during his playing stints with USM Alger and RC Kouba.

In 2002, he was appointed as the manager of Congolese club Daring Club Motema Pembe. In 2007, Amrouche became the coach of the Burundi national football team.

On January 1, 2011, Amrouche turned down an offer to take over the vacant managerial role of Algerian club ES Setif, preferring to continue in his role with the Burundi national team.On February 29, 2012, Amrouche resigned as the manager of Burundi, just a day after a 2-1 win agains Zimbabwe in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.


Djukovic's foray into coaching started with the same club he ended his playing days in: Galenika. He was part of their coaching staff during 1982/83 season, which the team finished dead last and got relegated again.

He led the team to some respectable results in Yugoslav Second League for a couple of seasons, but never gained promotion.

Djukovic became the coach of the Rwanda football team Amavubi in late 2001. Rwandan Football Federation (RFF) sought assistance in their search for a coach from Serbia-Montenegro FA, which in turn recommended Dujković. He admits that at the time he had to look the country up on the map.

Emerging from the horrors of genocide, football provided a welcome distraction for the people of Rwanda. The team won 7 of its first 18 matches under Dujković's guidance.

He soon gained international acclaim when he led Rwanda into the Nations Cup finals for the first time. Ironically, Rwanda qualified at the expense of Ghana – a nation whose national team he would soon take over and lead to 2006 World Cup– in a memorable qualifier in Kigali on July 6, 2003.

At the final tournament in Tunisia in January 2004, Rwanda, among the smallest ever to qualify, came within minutes of progressing from the group and entering quarters. Dujković's contract with Rwanda expired in mid-2004 and he left after failure to agree a new one with Rwandan FA. He then took up another coaching role with Ghana’s Black Stars.

He has also coached China Under-23 national team, Serbia Under-21 and also Syria national team.


Raymond Domenech was born on 24th January 1952 and started his playing career with Lyon in 1969. Domenech could play either as a right or left full back. After an illustrious career with PSG and Bordeaux, Domenech retired in 1988 at Mulhouse where he was a player cum coach.

His first club coaching job was with Olympique Lyon between 1989 and 1993 before landing role as France U21 coach between 1993 and 2004.

He was then named coach of the French national team in 2004 and led them to a runners-up position during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. France lost in post-match penalties after a 1-1 draw with Italy in the final.

However, Domenech would turn from hero to villain during the 2010 World Cup as France bowed out in the group stage. He has never coached an African national team, but as a World Cup finalist, he has the highest achievement compared to his fellow Frenchmen.


Born on February 6, 1948 in France, Le Roy began his playing career with FC Rouen in 1968 and retired while playing for Ligue 2 side Amiens SC where he also coached.

He has a wealth of experience in Africa having coached Senegal, Ghana and DR Congo and had two stints with the Indomitable Stars of Cameroon.

His great achievements in Africa include leading Cameroon to a runners-up position in the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations then winning the trophy in 1988. He also guided the team during the 1988 World Cup.

He led Senegal to a quarter-finals position during the 1992 Cup of Nations. It is during his tenure at Ghana that the Black Stars rose to their best ever position in FIFA Rankings-14.

Apart from Africa, Le Roy has also served as a football adviser at AC Milan and Dierctor of Football at Paris Saint-Germaine.He also guided the Oman national team to win the 19th Gulf Cup of Nations.


Born in November 24, 1937 in Cologne, Pfister is one of Germany's most successful coaching exports, voted Africa’s Manager of the Year in 1992.

He has been to four Africa Cup of Nations competitions – with Upper Volta (now: Burkina Faso, Zaire, Cameroon and Ghana-- and has reached the Africa Cup of Nations final twice, with Cameroon and Ghana.

Pfister has won the Fifa Under-17 World Cup with Ghana. He has also won the U19 Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast and led Togo in the 2006 World Cup.

Pfister also qualified for 1998 Fifa World Cup with Saudi Arabia. He has also won the league title in two different Countries (Egypt and Lebanon). He has also won domestic cups in four different Countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Sudan).

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