Beyond the Experience! Is this other side of Kenya's new coach?

Beyond the Experience! Is this other side of Kenya's new coach?

23 Nov, 15:30

The announcement of former USM Algiers trainer, Paul Put as Kenyan national team did elicit a mixed reaction of both excitement and to an extend disappointment among Kenya's football fans

If his profile is anything to by, The 61-year old Belgian will go down as one the experienced trainers yet to ever lead the national team

A snippet of the coach's resume as (provided and seen by Futaa) and history, presents a history of an impressive stint that stated in a lower level in his native Belgium.

 The tactician later rose through ranks to coach Lierse, Antwerp and Muoscron before match-fixing open doors to try his hand beyond frontiers.

Put on African terrain

Guinea provided his first adventure in 2008 before a switch to Gambia, where the coach's remarkable four-year stint had qualification to the African Cup of nation 2010 standing out.

During the stint, Gambia shared points with Algeria and Senegal in the course to the feat.

Put did well to not only replicate the same but improve massively when he took charge of Burkina Faso's Stallions in his next adventure.

A fast reader of the game, the Belgian wasted little time putting the experience gained of African terrain to use.

He led the Stallions to the AFCON 2013  finals where they left to lick their wounds after falling at the final hurdle.

His last NT role came on a one-year stint in Jordan.


A  2013 finals berth in Africa Cup of Nations, and nomination in Africa's best coaches then alongside the late 'Big Boss' Stephen  Keshi among other comes as no mean feat regardless of the angle they are viewed from.

On the flip side, Paul Put could be one of the many proverbial tacticians who 'come with their bags packed' and prepared for any eventualities if things do work out.


Diederik Geypen, a writer for Voetbalkrant in his native gives a fleeting depiction of a trainer with 'globe-trotting' tendency as the coach took up the Kenyan job just after ending his stint at Algeria's USM.

Since 2008, the Belgian has been to three NT roles, prior his ink-wet two-year contract with Kenyan FA, just to put in perspective.

The coach's task is well cut out heading to his maiden test in CECAFA games, 

From his 'homework' the Belgian ushered his stint with a call for united front from all involved in making a national outfit successful.

And as he inculcates his best philosophy and way forward with Stars, the weighty task of translating his rich CV to success on the pitch will squarely be on the Belgian.

READ: Put pleads with Harambee Stars Fans, FKF

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