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UPDATED: 08:44, July 21, 2006
French coach set to take charge of Kenya soccer team
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Former French national goalkeeper Bernard Lama has been among the four foreign candidates short-listed for coaching Kenya's national soccer team.

Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Secretary General Dan Omino told Xinhua on Thursday that Lama was among four international coaches recommended by soccer agents contracted by the federation.

Lama is expected in Nairobi early Friday when he will be unveiled by top federation officials at a colourful ceremony, which will also be used to showcase top sponsors who have come on board to support KFF activities.

According to Omino, also short-listed for interviews are Leonard Andre, Collins Stewart and Aime Jacquet, the French coach who steered the French side to the 1998 World Cup title on home soil.

Though he did not name the nationalities of Andre and Stewart, going by their names, they could be French and British respectively.

There have been strong indications that Kenya will settle for French coach, more so after the French government, through its envoy to Kenya, said it's willing to second French coach to the east African nation under a bilateral, cultural and technical cooperation agreement.

Sources within the KFF who did not want to be named, however, said they have reached an agreement with Lama to take over as head coach.

Lama is among a consortium of French coaches who were being headhunted for the job of guiding Harambee Stars to the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ghana.

He won 44 caps with the French national team before quitting a few years ago.

He was dropped as the French number one goalkeeper in 1997 after he got a positive result for cannabis.

Aged 43, Lama started his professional career when only 18 years old by signing for Lille where he played for 8 years.

He joined PSG while aged 29 years and played at the club for seven years leading them to second position in the league in 2000.

The Frenchman is expected to work with two local coaches who will be seconded to him by the KFF.

Also lined up for interviews are a number of local tacticians, the bulk of who have coached Harambee Stars before.

The Nations Cup qualifying rounds start in September and it goes without saying that time is not on the Kenyans' side.

Much as Kenya has appeared in the Nations Cup finals five times -- 1972, 1988,1990, 1992 and 2004, it failed to qualify for the 2006 finals in Egypt.

Source: Xinhua

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