Kenya’s French Coach Throws In The Towel


Henri Michel has decided to quit as Kenya's Football coach
Henri Michel has decided to quit as Kenya’s Football coach

With less than four months in charge, Henri Michel has quit as the coach of the Kenyan national team.

According to a statement released through the French Embassy to Kenya he said: “I could not find an amicable agreement within the deadlines regarding my compliance with several provisions of the contract.”

He has also sent a letter to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) informing it of his resignation.

The statement however fell short of elaborating on exactly which parts of his contracts Michel was unhappy with.

His decision not to take charge of Kenya’s tie again Burundi on Sunday in the African Nations Championship raised questions about the Frenchman’s future with the Harambee stars.

James Nandwa coached the side that lost 1-0 in the first leg of the opening round of qualifying for the tournament for locally-based players.

Michel began coaching the Harambee Stars in August and oversaw just two friendly games against Tanzania and South Africa, which both ended in defeats.

FKF had been forced to defend its decision to appoint Michel in October with fans and media in Kenya criticising his previous record in Africa.

The former Nantes FC player courted controversy by shunning the east and central African regional championship, the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, branding it a ‘useless’ tournament.

Nandwa took charge of the team at the Cecafa Senior Challenge, where Kenya finished as runners-up to hosts Uganda who won their 13th trophy.

2 thoughts on “Kenya’s French Coach Throws In The Towel

  1. He should have come to cecafa and make it meaningfull . Where is morroco , Tunisia when he was incharge.

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