NAIROBI, Kenya- Paul Put resigned as the head coach of national senior men’s team Harambee Stars on Monday citing ‘personal reasons’, barely three months into the job.
The former Gambia and Burkina Faso boss led Kenya to the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup title in his first assignment in charge and his abrupt exit was confirmed by Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
His predecessor and former Kariobangi Sharks FC and Mathare United FC head coach, Stanley Okumbi, takes over the role as the federation seeks to fill in the position.
“Football Kenya Federation wishes to inform the general public that Mr. Paul Put has officially resigned as the Kenya National Football Team, Harambee Stars Head Coach, citing personal reasons.
“The tactician’s resignation, though down to personal reasons is a setback to the country’s ongoing 2019 AFCON qualifiers as he was an integral member of the Technical bench,” FKF stated in a brief statement to the media.
“In light of the foregoing, FKF has already begun the process of finding a suitable replacement to fill Mr. Put’s position, with Stanley Okumbi taking charge of the national team in the interim period.
“Lastly, the federation thanks Mr. Put for his professional service and utmost commitment during his tenure with the Harambee Stars, this even as we wish him well in his future endeavours,” the federation added in its brief address.
Put was brought in to aid Kenya’s qualification push for the 2019 AFCON in November last year where he was unveiled at the FKF Annual General Meeting in Mombasa, with Stars seeking to make an appearance for the first time since 2004.
A fortnight ago, the Belgian who led Burkina Faso to the final of the 2013 AFCON, sought to bring in his own technical bench, calling for Okumbi and John Kamau to be relieved of their duties.