On the 28th of August 2012 the the Football Kenyan Federation (FKF) unveiled French tactician Henri Michel as the new National team coach.
The Harambee Stars, as the Kenyan National team is popularly called, was once a power house in the East and Central African region and to an extent in Africa. In recent times however the Stars have fallen on rough times with under par performances being the norm.
Football fans in Kenya have watched in dismay as their beloved Stars have slowly sunk into the dregs of football mediocrity. Even the occasional and rare victory has far from inspiring confidence ended up in exposing the rudimentary flaws in the team's system of play and in particular the management of the game in the country.
To bring to a halt the steady decline in the team's fortunes the FKF settled on Henri Michel to guide the team after a two month hunt.
The 55 year old Frenchman, who is no stranger to the African continent and African soccer, had in his earlier years played 58 times for the French National team.
He later coached Les Bleus at the 1984 Olympic games where they captured gold and in the 1986 World cup. In Africa he has coached many teams including the Cameroonian, Moroccan, Tunisian, Cote D'Iviore national teams and club teams Mamelodi Sundowns, Raja De Casablanca and Zamalek and has in the process bagged many trophies.
Michel has had varying success with the teams he has coached with notable results while coaching the Cote D'ivore and Tunisia. It has not been smooth sailing all through however as he has however also had a poor run in several stages in his career. Without a doubt however it is certain that Henri Michel will add value to the Kenyan football set up and his introduction as first team coach can only but be beneficial for Kenyan soccer.
Michel has already shown that he means business. He recently lambasted the regional showpiece the CECAFA Cup terming it "useless" which led to a bitter exchange of words between the Coach and the Kenyan Governing Football body on one hand and the CECAFA Secretary General Mr. Nicholas Musonye on the other.
Sources indicate that the players who have attended the training sessions conducted by Michel are impressed by the depth of technical expertise that the veteran coach possesses.
The Kenyan football hungry public will be hoping that Michel will possess the Midas touch that will lift the Harambee Stars from the football oblivion that the once mighty team has now descended into to a dominant force in the region one more. His first test will be a friendly with continental powerhouse South Africa's Bafan Bafana on the 16th of October 2012 in Nairobi.
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