By Juma Pondamali
Harambee Stars coach Paul Put has resigned from his position exactly 90 days after being unveiled.
The Football Kenya Federation broke the news to Kenyans in a statement sent to newsrooms. The statement explained that the tactician opted out due to personal reasons.
“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.
“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 endeavors,” the statement read.
Put, who has previously handled Burkina Faso and Gambia, was handed a two-year contract and took over from Okumbi who had faced vilification during his tenure.
“I am proud and pleased to be here. I have been in Africa for the last 12 years, written beautiful memories there and I am ready to write another chapter here in Kenya.
“I want to assure you all that you can count on me more than 100 per cent. I will do everything to raise the Kenyan flag high,” Put said during his unveiling.
Put was among several tacticians that Kenya was courting in its hunt for a world-class coach.