The cloud around the alleged firing of Harambee Stars’ coach Bobby Williamson has cleared, if a statement from Football Kenya Federation (FKF) official, Murithi Nabea, is anything to go by.
Speaking to eDaily, National Executive Council FKF Eastern member, Murithi Nabea, explained that Bobby Williamson left the national team because they could not afford to pay his salary.
According to Nabea, FKF was paying the 54-year-old Scotsman a hefty Ksh2.5M – a cost that the football body found too pricey.
His statements echoed those of (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa in February, when he announced that former youth coach Stanley Okumbi would replace Williamson in February.
Mwendwa also stated that replacing a foreign coach with a Kenyan one would help build local capacity.
“The appointment of Okumbi is geared towards building local capacity. We have picked our own whom I believe have the capacity to do the job. Personally I love the passing game and believe in our own style,” read Mwendwa’s statement on the FKF website.
During the change of guard in February, football pundits had fronted several reasons that they thought led to the change of guard, with many blaming internal politics for the Scotsman’s exit.