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Why Paul Put wants Okumbi, Kamau kicked out of Harambee Stars’ bench

Harambee Stars coach Paul Put has indicated his desire to overhaul the team’s technical bench as currently composed, a move that could affect the future of his assistants Stanley Okumbi and John Kamau.

Nairobi News understands the Belgian trainer has also suggested a number of changes ahead of the 2019 Africa Nations Cup qualification match against Ghana in Nairobi in September.

Chief among these changes is the need to bring in his own ‘people’ to work with him.

As a result, Okumbi and Kamau, who have been part of the national team for the past three years or so, could be shown the door.


“This is going to be tough because there are no funds available to pay off the additional stuff,” a source explained.

Put, who rejected the car and hotel initially offered to him by Football Kenya Federation when he took over last November, currently takes home an estimated Sh2 million a month as salary.

With the additional personnel including coach, trainer and physio coming in, the wage bill could balloon to Sh4.5 million which FKF is likely to struggle to meet, considering the withdrawal of SportPesa as the team’s only sponsor last month.

Interestingly, Okumbi has recently been seen handling the U20 national team in what could be a ‘soft’ landing for him while Kamau has since been unveiled as head coach of National Super League side KCB.