Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 13:30
New Kenya national team coach Paul Put has appealed to the Harambee Stars supporters to rally behind the national side.
Put was appointed as the new manager on Sunday, replacing Stanley Okumbi who was demoted to the assistant’s role.
The 61-year-old manager has urged everyone associated with the national team to have confidence in him as he seeks to revive the national team.
“I have written history with small nations like Gambia and Jordan for the years I was with them. I believe that I am capable of steering Kenya achieve big things,” said Put.
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“All I need is support from all quarters. I want to lead a team of 12 and not just 11. And that means that the 12th person must come from all corners of the Kenyan football scene.
“I want to see the stadium fully packed because that is the only way the players and I will know that we are working together.
“Football is not just about technical knowledge, it is also about effort and sacrifice. We have quality players so with your support I know that I can deliver.”
Put’s immediate task will be to guide the team during the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge which will be hosted in Kenya next month.
Furthermore, his long term goals include leading Kenya to the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations in Cameroon and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.