Scots boss Bobby Williamson given the thumbs up by Kenya


BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press

Bobby Williamson has been given the thumbs up by the Kenyan Football Federation after leading the Harambee Stars to a World Cup qualifying victory over Mauritius.

Captained by former Celtic midfielder Victory Wanyama, Kenya won 5-2 in Wednesday’s first leg and will bid to seal a first round victory on Sunday in the return clash in Nairobi.

Williamson had come under pressure following last month’s African Cup of Nations qualifying defeat to Zambia.

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Kenya are hoping to reach the World Cup in Russia in 2018 (Pic: LG)


The Kenyan Federation was then forced to defend paying the former Hibs and Kilmarnock boss a reported monthly salary of nearly £16,000.

But the KFF have heaped praise on the Scot following their victory in Mauritius.

A statement read: “This is the best away result the Stars have returned and the Federation is proud of the team under the tutelage of Bobby Williamson.

“The Federation wishes to pass its sincere gratitude to the Stars squad for making the country proud with that historic away win.”

Former Uganda manager Williamson has been in the post since August 2014 after leaving his dugout role at Kenyan champions Gor Mahia.

Kenya will face Cape Verde in a second round qualifier next month should they get past Mauritius on Sunday.