Kenya FA selects Williamson as Harambee Stars coach

The former Kilmarnock and Hibernian manager has signed a two-year contract and will be assisted by Musa Otieno
By Dennis Mabuka

Football Kenyan Federation have settled on Bobby Williamson as head coach of Harambee Stars.

The Scot, who replaces Adel Amrouche, has penned a two-year contract and will be assisted by former defender Musa Otieno, while Simoen 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 explained.

"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 previously been in charge of Uganda Cranes, whom he joined in 2008 replacing Csaba Laszlo.

He twice Uganda close to reaching finals of African Cup of Nations before being sacked. On July, 2013, he signed for Gor Mahia, replacing Zdravko Logarusic, and went on to win the Kenyan Premier League title at the 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 takes over assistant role.

Otieno is the highest-capped player for Kenya, with 104 appearances, and was captain of Stars for 13 years.

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 1-0 on aggregate to Lesotho.