Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa has unveiled Belgian Pula Put as the new national soccer coach, replacing Kenyan Stanley Okumbi, who had served for 18 months.
But does the Belgian have the right antidote for Harambee Stars?
He might have guided Burkina Faso to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final and taken an Algerian club to the Caf Champions League semi-final, but this could turn out to be a different ball game altogether.
Coach Put must move fast to restore confidence in the national team. The Cecafa Championships due in two weeks’ time will his first challenge. That will be followed by the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of
Nations qualifiers in which Kenya has so far lost 2-1 to Sierra Leone.
The group also has Ghana and Ethiopia that are more advanced that Sierra Leone.
The coach will need a free hand in team selection, away from the influence by FKF top brass that has always meddled, and which is always reflected in the team’s poor results.
The selections should be thorough, looking at the strengths and weaknesses of the local and foreign-based players.
One must not be selected just for plying his trade aboard without any monitoring of his performance.
Kenyans are hungry for the Stars’ success and they will definitely come out in large numbers to support the team with some good results coming by.