Kenya coach Migne leaves on mutual agreement

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The Football Kenya Federation have ended their relationship with national team head coach Sebastien Migne on mutual agreement, it was announced on Monday evening. Migne had come increasingly under fire especially after Kenya fell out of the qualifiers of the Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) Cameroon 2020.

Migne now becomes the 11th coach from the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations to leave their post, following Florent Ibenge also left his post as DR Congo head coach on mutual agreement.

The Harambee Stars lost on penalties to Tanzania in the first round of qualification, increasing the heat on the tactician who led Kenya to a return to the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2004.

"The reorganization and appointment process for a new technical bench is already underway and the team to steer the Harambee Stars forward will be announced shortly" Football Kenya Federation

“Consequently, FKF and Migné have agreed on a settlement for the coach, over a period of time. The federation wishes to thank Coach Migné for his exemplary work and high standard of professionalism during his tenure, which culminated in the country qualifying for the 2019 AFCON tournament for the first time in 15 years,” a statement from the Federation read.

It added; “The reorganization and appointment process for a new technical bench is already underway and the team to steer the Harambee Stars forward will be announced shortly.”

The Frenchman was appointed as the Harambee Stars boss in May 2018 and his contract was supposed to run till after the 2021 Cup of Nations. He took over from Stanley Okumbi who had been axed just a few weeks earlier.

Migne started his tenure on a high, beating Ghana 1-0 in the 2019 Cup of Nations qualification in Nairobi and went on to pick a win at home against Ethiopia coupled with a draw in Addis earlier, results that took Kenya to the AFCON.

In Egypt, Migne’s side lost to Algeria (2-0) and Senegal (3-0) in Group C and won against Tanzania, but those results did not put him in crossfire. Back to back 0-0 draws against Tanzania in the CHAN qualifiers and Kenya’s eventual loss on penalties strained his relationship with some federation chiefs.

Kenya will now have less than three months to find Migne’s replacement before the qualifiers for the 2021 Cup of Nations kick off. Kenya start their campaign away to Egypt.