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Harambee Stars: Adel Amrouche and five candidates to replace Sebastien Migne

12:19 EAT 13/08/2019
Sebastien Migne of Kenya and Harambee Stars.
The Frenchman has left his post as Kenya coach, and Goal looks at five possible replacements who can fill the void he leaves

  • Adel Amrouche of Kenya and Stephen Ocholla of Ulinzi Stars.

    Adel Amrouche

    Having been with the Harambee Stars before, winning the 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, the Belgian is the arguably the best replacement Nick Mwendwa and FKF could choose to fill the position.

    The Belgian, currently available, has been at Congolese club DC Motema Pembe twice, in 2002 to 2004 and 2005 and 2006, and has also coached the Burundi and Libya national football teams. He's no stranger to African football's dynamics.

    Although Amrouche still has a pending case with the FKF following his sacking by the previous regime, the Harambee Stars remains the best platform for him to reaffirm his winning credentials.

    His managerial experience, spanning across more than 24 years, could be what Harambee Stars need to be seen as a competing side, rather than a participatin force in African football.

    “I love Kenya as a country, Kenya is in my blood and why should I turn a chance to come back?” Amrouche told Goal on Tuesday. “I know there is a vacancy in Kenya but no one has approached me yet.

    "If they come for my services I will gladly take the offer," he added. "I would love to work in Kenya again, it is a beautiful country with very nice people.”

  • Stuart Baxter, South Africa press conference - July 2019

    Stuart Baxter

    Baxter resigned after helping Bafana Bafana reach the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) quarter-finals, and he could be an ambitious target for the Harambee Stars and the FKF.

    A managerial career spanning 34 years is an excellent experience, and he's a seasoned campaigner, but it might be worth noting that he doesn't have any African experience beyond South Africa.

    His performance with Bafana Bafana over two years could be a blueprint for what Kenya seek to achieve, and Baxter also coached Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United.

    Although he was criticized for questionable squad selections with Bafana Bafana, a familiar issue with Migne, Baxter would represent an ambitious pursuit for the FKF, and could surely improve the side.

  • Dylan Kerr of Gor Mahia v Yanga of Tanzania.

    Dylan Kerr

    A known motivator and staunch defender of his players, Kerr could be a realistic target for the FKF.

    The former defender and ex-Gor Mahia coach has only coached a national team side once throughout his career; in 2012 when he was part of the Vietnam national team, assisting the technical team and heading the fitness programme.

    Kerr has handled Simba SC of Tanzania before joining the Kenyan champions, and thereafter leaving for Premier Soccer League side Black Leopards. He won the KPL title with Gor and helped Leopards rise from the relegation zone to finish the 2018/19 season 13th in the South African top flight.

    His known relationship with his players could be a factor which could trigger success for the Harambee Stars, especially considering his former players are part of the national team.

    Francis Kahata, Philemon Ochieng, Joash Onyango, and Kenneth Muguna are Stars players Kerr has coached before, and while he's been described as a ‘tourist’ given his tendency to run away after short coaching stints, this could represent an ideal opening for him to return to Kenyan football.

  • Claude Le Roy Congo Afcon

    Claude Marie François Le Roy

    Sebastien Migne cited him as his great mentor, so how about the 71-year-old tactician taking over Harambee Stars with his immense experience and continuing his protege's work?

    “I learned with [Le Roy], during nine years, not to be afraid to put young players on the field," Migne told Goal while at Afcon in Egypt.

    Le Roy is no new face when it comes to matters of national teams; he led Cameroon to second place at the 1986 Afcon, then lifted the title two years later in Morocco.

    He also led Senegal in the 1992 Afcon championship, defeating the Harambee Stars 2-1 in the group stage before eventually getting a knockout punch in the quarter-finals, and was in charge when the Indomitable Lions reached the 1988 World Cup in his native country France.

    He has also reigned in Malaysia, Oman, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is currently head coach of Togo.

  • Kenya coach Francis Kimanzi and Sebastien Migne.

    Francis Kimanzi

    Although he could have been technically sent packing alongside his former boss Migne, Kimanzi could be given the mantle to take charge of the team once more.

    His two previous stints were not as successful as anticipated, but should he be given another chance, the former Tusker, Sofapaka and Mathare United coach could surprise by helping to turn around the fate of the national team.

    Without a job since leaving his post as Mathare United head coach in July, Kimanzi's understanding of local football and players is unquestionable and this hands him an advantage over the other coaches mentioned.

    Since Kimanzi has previously coached former three Kenyan Premier League champions – Sofapaka, Mathare United and Tusker - he had the credentials of handling senior players, and giving him the Harambee Stars job now would not be a big gamble.

    Should he succeed his former boss, he will need no introduction at all to local football and players as he has played and coached in Kenya for the entirety of his career.

    At 43, the tactician could represent the future for Harambee Stars, and also bring much-needed stability.

  • Jacob Mulee.

    Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee

    Mulee could be another natural replacement for Migne at the helm of Harambee Stars, although he's not new to the national coaching job, having had three varied stints with the team before.

    A Nairobi Eastlander, Ghost, could well forge a good relationship with the players given many of them have close links to the area.

    During his 2003-2004 stint, the 51-year old coach was accused of favouring players from Eastland, but he nonetheless produced the desired results as he qualified Kenya to the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia.

    He has also coached Tusker, winning the KPL title with them three times, and enjoyed stints outside the country, in Rwanda and Tanzania.

    “Yes, I will be making a comeback next season, it is something I have been thinking about for some time and I am convinced it is the right time,” Mulee told Goal recently.

    “I will do that in due time. I feel the urge to make a comeback and I believe I was a born a coach and, to be honest, I miss coaching.”

    Is it time for him to make a comeback with the Harambee Stars?