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Nandwa rejoins Harambee Stars

09 May 2014, 08:17

Nairobi - The simmering management row in the national football team, Harambee Stars, came to a head Thursday when the football federation ordered assistant head coach, James Nandwa, to rejoin the side.

Reports earlier indicated that Nandwa was axed from the side by his Belgium boss, Adel Amrouche, over claims he had "absconded from duty" when he was in charge of AFC Leopards.

But in an unsigned statement from Football Kenya Federation (FKF), association president, Sam Nyamweya, ordered Nandwa to resume his role as the number two to the Belgium in the side that is currently preparing for the first leg of the 2015 Afcon preliminary qualifier against Comoros scheduled for May 18 in Nairobi.

"Assistant coach James Nandwa will immediately report to the national team training camp in Nairobi contrary to media reports indicating that he has been sacked by head coach Amrouche," the statement said.

"FKF President Sam Nyamweya clearly stated on Thursday that Nandwa remains the assistant coach, deputizing Amrouche as the national teams embarks on serious preparations for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers."

"We are not going to lose our focus on our preparations for the qualifiers due to unnecessary sideshows and rumours regarding the composition of the technical bench," it quoted FKF boss, Nyamweya, as saying.

"Let it be noted by all that it's FKF that appoints and dismisses members of the technical bench, it's also the role of the Federation to develop and protect local coaches, Nandwa will continue discharging his duties as assigned by the Federation," he allegedly added.

Nyamweya also stated they would soon hire a professional Team Manager to bolster the technical bench.

Unsubstantiated claims say Nandwa fell foul of his boss for " abandoning" the national side when he was at the helm of Leopards before his eight-month reign was brought to an end at the KPL giants last month.

 - Xinhua

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