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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 December 2005, 18:04 GMT
Kenya coach Mulee sacked again
By John Nene
BBC Sport, Nairobi

Mohammed Kheri
Mohammed Kheri has been retained as coach of Kenya

The Fifa-recognised Kenya Football Federation (KFF) chairman Alfred Sambu has said that the recalled Jacob "Ghost" Mulee will not handle the national team.

Mulee, a former coach of the Harambee stars, was due to lead the team during a four-nation tournament from 27 December in Egypt.

Sambu also said Kenya's participation in the tournament is subject to the world football governing body's permission, adding that Kenya will not travel to Egypt if Fifa does not sanction the event.

Kenya, Egypt, Ecuador and Senegal are the countries expected to feature in the LG tournament.

Mulee, who was sacked after the 2004 African Nations Cup finals, agreed to take charge of the team temporarily last week for the Egypt tournament.

His appointment had been sanctioned by Dan Omino, the secretary-general of the KFF's splinter group recognised by former sports minister Ochillo Ayacko.

Sambu has directed that if Kenya participates in the four-nation tournament, the current coach Mohammed Kheri will be in charge together with his assistants Allan Thigo and Sammy Nyongesa.

"It will be very unfair for us to drop Kheri and his team when Kheri has persevered a lot so far while going without his salary.

"We still owe him and his assistants their outstanding salaries,'' said Sambu who is slowly recovering after being involved in a road accident this August in Nairobi.

Sambu accused the KFF's splinter group of simply being keen on fattenning their bellies at the expense of developing the game.

"Just because they know there'll be some money in Egypt is the reason why they're being so active, yet when it comes to raising money you don't see them,'' charged Sambu.

Sambu was removed from office by the KFF's splinter group led by Mohammed Hatmy following a special general meeting in August during which members passed a vote of no confidence in him at a time when he was bed-ridden following the accident.

The then-minister for sport Ochillo Ayacko endorsed the decision taken by the Hatmy group.

But Fifa deputy secretary-general Jerome Champagne maintained that they still recognised Sambu as the KFF chairman.

With the appointment of a new Sports minister in Kenya, it will be interesting to see how the new man, Maina Kamanda, tackles the current stalemate in the KFF.

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