Former Kenya national team, Harambee Stars head coach Adel Amrouche is currently in the country and his presence coming at a time Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay has taken a break apparently to attend to family matters has had speculations flying.
On Monday 29 July, Gor Mahia revealed that Oktay would take leave for unspecified days, leaving the team under the tutelage of assistant coach Patrick Odhiambo.
Two days later, Amrouche was spotted at Ruaraka Stadium, watching a preseason friendly match between Tusker FC and Ulinzi Stars, which fueled the speculations.
However, the coach moved to clear the air, stating that he met the Gor Mahia coach on Tuesday just to have a bite but he is not in the country to take up any coaching job.
“I was with the Gor Mahia coach yesterday; he invited me for a meal and I am not the person to take someone’s job behind him. Furthermore, I am not interested in working in Kenya at least for now,” he told Soka.
Stability of Kenyan football
He went on to wish Gor Mahia well, noting that along with AFC Leopards, the club’s stability is crucial to the growth of the game in Kenya.
“I love Kenya and support Kenya in everything but at the moment I have other projects. I wish Gor Mahia the best and for my friend Dr. Shikanda at AFC Leopards I wish him stability because when these two sides are stable, Kenyan football becomes stable,” he added.
The coach has been linked with the Botswana national team, but that too he declined to shed light on, only stating that he has a number of offers as well as projects that he is thinking of.
Projects and targets
“I have had contact not just in Africa; I have had enquiries from Asia, in China and also in the Arabian Gulf. I have targets, I have projects for clubs and national teams.
“I am just here to visit my friends; football makes you friends and I have my former players here, coaches and many more that we had good memories with. Kenya is also my country and I was in transit and decided to stay longer,” he clarified.
The coach however declined to comment on the progress of Harambee Stars since his exit, while he would also not comment on the controversial nature of his exit and the aftermath.