By Gathua Miricho
The Football Federation of Kenya (FKF) has rubbished claims made by ex-Harambee Stars coach Paul Put, on his resignation.
In a circular sent to newsrooms, FKF, attempted to set the record straight, reiterating that Put’s resignation was because of personal reasons.
This comes days after the ex-Stars coach made his reasons for resigning public, through an interview with a local daily.
In the interview he claimed that he resigned because his demands had not been met. The Belgian accused the federation for failing to heed his request for a new support staff.
In the rebuttal, FKF claims that it had met all of Put’s demands. His request for a 5-man technical bench was approved and presented to the Sports Ministry.
The statement further reveals that it had provided him with a house, car and a vacation for his family. The Federation had also endured to make sure that all dues accrued to him had been cleared, including USD 10,000, for winning the CECAFA senior challenge.
In the rejoinder, FKF further accuses Put of being outrageous in his demands.
Firstly, Put wanted to be issued with a Kenyan passport since he could not get another one from his native Belgium, because of a pending court case. FKF denied this request since he had not stated the suit prior to signing the contract.
Secondly, he had requested that all friendlies be organized through his agent, a Mr. Abraham Sidibe. The federation did not grant him this request because it would have cost USD 30,000 a match, to do so.
Mr. Put also requested that the monetary terms in his contract be changed from USD to Euros. The federation refused to honor this request because it would mean paying a higher salary than what had been agreed upon.
FKF absolved itself from any blame or wrong doing and pledged to hire a coach for the national outfit, within the shortest time possible.