Kenya appoints Paul Put new coach

Monday, November 20, 2017

Kenya has appointed former Gambia Coach Paul Put as its new manager on a two-year contract. The Belgian’s most recent job in the continent was guiding Algerian club USM Alger to the semifinals of this year’s African Champions League.

The Kenyan Federation President unveiled Put to the media at the Federation’s Annual General Assembly held in its capital on Saturday, describing him as the best in the business at present.

Put, 61, came to within a whisker of qualifying Gambia to the final round of the joint 2010 African and World Cup qualifiers but missed out to Mozambique due to its inferior goal difference to the southern Africans.

He also guided Burkina Faso to its best ever finish in an African Cup of Nations tournament where they lost 1-0 to eventual winners Nigeria in the finals. He was also in charge of the Jordanian national team.

“I am grateful for the warm welcome and it is a great honour to be the coach of this lovely country. I am a very ambitious man who loves to win. I wrote history with Burkina Faso and Gambia and want to do the same with Kenya,” he said. “For this you can count on me 100 percent. I promise to do everything possible to raise the Kenyan flag high.”