Belgian trainer Put appointed Kenya head coach

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 11:00

Belgian coach Paul Put has been appointed Kenya senior national team head coach.

The announcement was made during the Football Kenya Federation’s fifth Annual General Meeting held in Mombasa on Saturday.

The Belgian tactician, who has coached Burkina Faso and Gambia, signed a two-year deal with the Football Kenya Federation.

“I am proud and pleased to be here,” Put said at the event.

“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.

The 61-year-old will be in charge of Kenya at the Cecafa Senior Challenge tournament which kicks off on December 3.

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Butler could be appointed BFA technical director – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 12:00

British tactician Peter Butler could be appointed Botswana Football Association (BFA) technical director.

Peter, who served as Botswana senior national team head coach between February 2014 and June, 2017, is currently jobless.

After leaving his job as Zebras mentor, he joined South African club Platinum Stars as head coach, but he was fired by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) side last month.

He has since been linked with a possible return to the BFA and the president of the organisation, Maclean Letshwiti did not rule out Butler’s return when speaking to the local media.

“Peter Butler was sick of BFA politics which was stifling his progress. He wanted my help, but I could not give a guarantee that I will fire everyone at BFA,” he said.

“He didn’t leave because I wanted him to leave, he left because he couldn’t stomach the BFA politics anymore.

“I am busy doing a situational analysis. I have to identify a technical director, and Peter Butler might come back if he meets the scope,” he explained.

“I am not going to elect a TD, but make a selection of three people then get the FIFA technical department to come and evaluate a suitable TD.”

Butler also confirmed that he was interested in the position when speaking to Mmegi Sports.

“I would be interested as I know the country’s talent well. My record is there, I rebuilt the Zebras with young talent and took them to number 87 in the world rankings until we stopped playing games. I develop and produce players. You don’t go anywhere until you create your own DNA (identity),” he said.

“You need to continue on the path of integrating youngsters with a sprinkling of experience. I have shown that we can beat teams like Mali and Burkina Faso with young and upcoming players.”

Butler guided Botswana to the 2016 COSAFA Cup final where they narrowly lost to South Africa in Windhoek, Namibia.

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