Coach not acting in good faith, says KFF

Published on 05/06/2009

By James Waindi

Kenya Football Federatiion (KFF) chairman, Sam Nyamweya, termed coach Antoine Hey’s actions as sabotage and noted that the federation was ready to make urgent travelling arrangements for another coach willing to help the country qualify.

“Kenyans read a lot of mischief in this last minute reluctance to travel with the team whatever the reasons, a factor that has far reaching implications on the team’s psychological preparedness,” said Nyamweya.

Nyamweya went ahead to name former coach, Francis Kimanzi, to take over, but the latter declined the offer.

This comes after Hey abruptly boycotted the trip demanding outstanding wages.

Kimanzi, however, turned down the offer, saying he did not want to be pulled into the country’s football politics.

“I am learning about the appointment from you. I don’t know anything about it and would not want to comment because I don’t want to be involved in any sort of politics regarding football matters,” said Kimanzi, who was in charge of the team before Hey took over.

“We demand an explanation from the coach and the people who have been handling preparations of the National team as a closed shop,” said Nyamweya.

The last time Kimanzi was in charge of the team was during the 32nd of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala where Kenya were the losing finalists.

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