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Last Updated: Monday, 18 October, 2004, 16:39 GMT 17:39 UK
Siang'a rejects Kenya
James Siang'a
Siang'a has turned down the Kenya job

Former Harambee Stars goalkeeper James Siang'a has turned down the chance to coach Kenya's national team.

Siang'a was named by the Fifa-appointed Normalisation Committee to replace Jacob Mulee, who resigned on Friday.

But he told BBC Sport that his contract with Tanzanian club Moro United means he cannot accept the job.

"I have a one-year contract here at Moro United so legally I'm bound to honour it," Siang'a said.

"I feel it would discredit me if I left Moro United less than two months after having arrived from Express in Uganda."

Siang'a had a successful stint with Tanzanian side Simba last year, when he lead the club to the group stages of the African Champions League.

He left Simba for Express after a disagreement with the club's secretary-general Kassim Dewji.

Siang'a went on to recommend two other coaches, Twahir Muhiddin and Tom Olaba, for the Harambee Stars post.

Muhiddin, the former Kenya under-23 coach, was supposed to have been Siang'a's assistant, while Olaba, currently with Tanzanian side Mtibwa Sugar, is a former under-17 national coach.

"They both have experience with national sides and should be promoted before a foreign coach is hired," Sianga'a said.

The Normalisation Committee, headed by former Olympian Kipchoge Keino, is charged with the administration of football in the East African country until a new executive board is elected for the Kenya Football Federation.

Whoever takes up the national coaching job will have to lead the Harambee Stars in a Group Five 2006 World Cup qualifier against Guinea on 17 November.





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