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Hey takes over as Kenya coach

Antoine Hey
Hey has signed a two-year contract

Kenya have appointed Germany's Antoine Hey as national coach.

Football Kenya announced that the 38-year-old has signed a two-year deal.

The much-travelled former Bundesliga midfielder has been in charge of Liberia's Lone Star since March 2008.

He will start work with the Harambee Stars on 2 March.

Hey's immediate task is to prepare Kenya for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers which get underway at the end of March.

Kenya host Tunisia in their first qualifying match in Nairobi on 28 March and Hey hopes to organise a friendly before then.

"We start our preparations on 2 March with the locally-based players at a training camp here in Nairobi," he told BBC Sport.

"We want to try and get at least one international friendly ten days before 28 March, we are trying to contact Libya, Algeria or maybe Sudan.

"After this we hope that our foreign-based professionals will arrive before the first qualifier." The general secretary of Football Kenya, Sam Obingo, was happy to secure the services of Hey.

"We have full confidence in Hey. He has very good coaching credentials which have been recommended to us by some of the top football coaches in Africa," he said.

"He will be unveiled officially to the media when he returns to Kenya from Liberia on 2 March. We believe he can take the team to South Africa and that's why we are hiring him," Obingo added.

Hey, who has had other previous stints with Lesotho and The Gambia, becomes Kenya's fourth coach in just a year.

The German takes over from former international defender John Bobby Ogolla who had taken the job in a caretaker capacity.

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