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Government to back Put’s demands on back-room staff

Lynette Matheka @PeopleSports11

The government is ready to support Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put’s demands that he be allowed to bring on board his own back-room staff to ensure better results for the national team.

The Belgian (pictured) has called for a complete overhaul of the national team technical bench ahead of Kenya’s Group B Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at home to Ghana in September.

Responding to Put’s demand, Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia said they are ready to grant the national team whatever is required to build a side capable of competing at a continental and global platform.

“We are ready to support the national team. We will do this not just in terms of money but providing all the necessary resources for them to compete at par with other countries.

If it takes having a new technical bench, we will do it,” said Kaberia. The PS has, however, called on Football Kenya Federation to present the proposal by the coach to the government, as they are yet to do so, so that they can transparently have discussions on what can be achieved within specific timelines. “We will look at the proposal when they present it and agree on what can be done.

We also have to set timelines so that we do not displace our structures quickly as that can have a more negative effect and we do not want that to happen,” added Kaberia.

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