There may be brighter days ahead for former Nigerian and Malian coach Stephen Keshi as he tops the shortlist containing a formidable array of managers to take over the job of the Kenyan national team, the Harambee Stars.
Keshi, who lost his job after Maliâ€™s poor finish at the Nations Cup in Angola, is favoured ahead of Frenchmen Claude Leroy and Henri Michel because of his success with the little known Togo team, who he guided unexpectedly to the World Cup finals in 2006.
â€œBecause of the heavy workload for our national teams we have decided to get a head coach for Harambee Stars so that Twahir Muhiddin can concentrate on the African Nations Championships side,â€ Patrick Naggi, technical director of Football Kenya Limited told Daily Nation.
The 48-year-old Keshi was the captain of the Nigerian Super Eagles team that won the African Nations Cup in 1994.
If given the nod, Keshi will be expected to deliver a Nations Cup ticket for the Kenyans, who last played at the continental showpiece in 2004.
Their former coach, the German Antoine Hey, walked out on the Stars just before their last World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in November 2009.