Frenchman Sebastien Migne has been appointed as Kenya’s national team coach on a three year deal, taking over from Paul Put who resigned mid-February.
The 45-year old Migne arrives in Kenya just a month after leaving his role with Congo. He was unveiled by Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa who made it clear that his target will be to take Kenya either to the 2019 or 2121 World Cup.
He is a coach who has vast experience on the continent and we are confident that he will succeed with us. We have been in talks for a while and we are happy that finally we got our man. As a federation we will give him maximum support and we have held talks with the government who have also promised to support him, Mwendwa said.
Migne has been a long time assistant to experienced compatriot Claude Le Roy and he says he has borrowed a lot of his mentor’s philosophies which he hopes to implement in his new sojourn.
I am happy to come here in Kenya. It is a new challenge and a new opportunity for me. I have followed Kenya for a while especially when we played and we drew 1-1 in Brazaville and lost here in Nairobi when I was with Congo and I saw this as a country with a lot of potential, Migne said as he was unveiled on Thursday.
His immediate assignment will be the second 2019 African Cup of Nations qualification match against Ghana in September and he remains optimistic that despite Kenya starting with a loss to Sierra Leone, there is still a chance of redemption.
I know Ghana from my time at Congo, we played them in a World Cup qualifier and I know it is not an easy task. But there is possibility of getting good results. For me, the most important match is against Ethiopia because if we can get six points from there, and another good result against Sierra Leone, we have a chance, the coach added.
Migne has also added he will give an open chance to both local and foreign based players, saying he will organize a training camp with a group of local based players to set base for his work.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football