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Adel Amrouche turns down Harambee Stars return

1:04 PM MYT 09/03/2018
 Kenya coach Adel Amrouche
The Belgian coach posted an incredible run with the team in 2013 to 2014 before he was axed by the previous FKF office

Adel Amrouche is not keen to return as Harambee Stars coach.

The Belgian coach had an incredible run with the team in 2013 to 2014 before he was axed by the previous Football Kenya Federation regime.

In just his first game in charge in late March 2016, he was within minutes of leading Kenya past Nigeria for the first time ever, in a 2014 World Cup qualifier played at the Esuene Stadium. Nigeria however, equalized in added time to tie the game 1-1.

In his tenure with Kenya, the former Burundi coach achieved two rare fetes; He started by replacing 11 years of dust in an otherwise empty Kenyan cabinet by bringing in the 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup title, the first in 11 years.

In his run of 16 games, of which he lost just three, he matched a record set in 1983 of going six straight games without conceding a goal. He was on the verge of breaking the streak till hosts Comoros leveled to tie a first round 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 1-1.

FKF CEO Robert Muthomi has however, confirmed that the coach is not keen to return as a replacement for Paul Put, who resigned last month. “Amrouche is claiming his dues accrued by former office and he took the case to Fifa. We have reached out but he does not seem willing to take up the role.”

The federation have however, hinted that a new coach for the team will be unveiled in May. “We have settled on a new coach but he’s not Belgian,” said the source, who asked not to be named.

Put won the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup last December and the yet to be unveiled Stars’ boss will have a big hole to fill going into the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

Kenya will host Black Stars of Ghana in the qualifiers on September 7.