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Stanley Okumbi to coach under 20

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has relegated interim Harambee Stars interim coach Stanley Okumbi to head the Kenya Under 20 team following his dismal performance in two FIFA friendly matches.

The national team drew 2-2 against Comoros before losing 2-1 to lowly ranked Central African Republic.

Okumbi was named interim head coach after Belgian Paul Put resigned in February 19.

Okumbi stood down to the role of assistant coach when the federation hired Paul Put in November

FKF Communications Director, Barry Otieno, maintained the changes to Stars and Starlets benches were not as a result of the latest performances but have been in the pipeline.

 

Okumbi was first hired as Stars first coach in February 2016 when the then new FKF President, Nick Mwendwa, said they could no longer afford the KSh2.5m monthly salary of Scotsman Bobby Williamson who was at the helm at the time when they came to office and found the federation coffers dry.

Kenya are third in Group F of the AFCON qualifying on goal difference after losing their opening clash 1-2 away to Sierra Leone.

Stars next host continental giants, Ghana who opened their campaign with a 5-0 mauling of bottom side, Ethiopia, in September where they need a victory to keep their dream of returning to the AFCON for the first time since 2004 alive.

Ouma returns to the Starlets side he led to the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon with Kenya set to take on Uganda in a two-legged knockout qualifier for the 2018 tournament in Ghana on April 4 and 7, with the first clash at home.

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