By: Erias Kayondo
Kenya Football Association unveiled the new national team head coach to replace the local one in Stanley Okumbi who has been in charge since last year. He is none other than Paul Put.
Put was unveiled in the Association’s annual general meeting which took place in Mombasa.
While unveiling him , the KFA president Nick Mwendwa described Put as the best item one can have in the football business today.
After his unveiling, the visibly grateful Put said
” I wrote history with Burkina Faso and Gambia and i want to do the same with Kenya. For this you can count on me a hundred percent.” He said before promising to do whatever it takes to raise the Kenyan flag high.
WHO IS PAUL PUT ?
Paul Put is a Belgian national. He was born on 26th May 1956 in Marksem, Antwerp, Belgium.
He had previously managed Belgian sides Geel, Lokeren and Lierse, before being banned for three years by the Royal Belgian Football Association for his alleged involvement in the Ye Zheyun match-fixing scandal.
Put has been in Africa for the last 12 years.
In 2013 he helped Burkina Faso to reach the finals of the Africa cup of nations in South Africa but lost to Nigeria 1-0.
Date of birth : 26 May 1956
Place of birth : Merksem ,Belgium
2001-2003 : Lokeren
2004-2005 : Lierse
2007-2011: Gambia National Team
2012-2015 : Burkina Faso National Team
2015-2016 : Jordan
2016-2017 : USM Alger
2017 – : Kenya National Team.
It remains unclear what the fate of out going local coach Stanley Okumbi will be but reports indicate he will be demoted to assist coach’s role.
Put’s very first assignment will be to take the Harambee stars against their East African counter parts in the forthcoming CECAFA senior challenge cup to be hosted in Kenya between 3rd and 17th December 2017.