Sebastian Migne will probably be remembered in the Kenyan football circles more for his countless public outbursts than contribution towards developing the sport.
Strangely, however, he elected to remain in Kenya following his sacking as Harambee Stars coach on Monday.
A majority of those who were close to the man expected a “fed up” Migne to board the next available flight to his hometown of Le Roche after losing his job, considering the whining and moaning that characterised his time at the helm.
Instead, he confirmed in an interview with a local publication that he will be sticking around for a while because his family “loves it in Nairobi”.
His love for Kenya could well be the windward side of his outspoken public remarks.
One such outburst was on September 8 last year, moments after he had masterminded a 1-0 win over fancied Ghana in a 2019 Africa Nations Cup qualification match at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
“If you think because tonight we beat Ghana now you are on the same level, it’s not true, it’s not reality. I am not a liar and I am not happy at all,” he said.
“It was a missing of respect (by the government) with this team during the week when I saw Cameroon (national team) training in this (Kasarani) field and not us, who were (training) at Monetary School.”
The Sunday Nation would later find out that the outburst was an indirect way of venting out after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the government delayed remitting his monthly dues.
Reports suggest he and his backroom staff of four pocketed Sh2.5 million each month.
Put simply, Migne’s character seems at par with that of most European coaches who arrive in Kenya with suitcases full of promises, only to change a few months later.
For example, Paul Put, Migne’s predecessor, followed this very script only to quit after three months at the helm.
He moved to take charge of Guinea’s Syli Stars soon after, only to quit after an underwhelming sequence of results.
Migne, meanwhile, arrived in Kenya in May 2018, a week after resigning in a similar role as coach of the Republic of Congo citing poor working conditions — as quoted by the BBC.
With that background, one is tempted to believe his demeanour towards African football was already formed by the time FKF president Nick Mwendwa unveiled him at Safari Park Hotel.
“We needed someone who would understand the challenges we face as a team; someone who will understand if there is no training pitch, or if the lights went off,” a smiling Mwendwa said at Migne’s unveiling.
Migne turned out not to be that man.
Instead and in turns, he aimed barbs at team captain Victor Wanyama, his critics, fellow coaches, his employer, the fans, and any other person who would dare cross his path.
This behaviour was to be tolerated by the Kenyan faithful for as long as the man delivered where it mattered most — on the pitch.
As such, leading Kenya to secure qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years made the coach some sort of a cult hero.
This also led to the not-so-reliable government literally bowing down to his demands of a lavish preparation mode ahead of the continental tournament proper in Egypt in June.
A training camp was organised in France and Spain with international friendly matches against Madagascar and the Congo DR in tow.
Millions of shillings were paid to each player and members of the technical bench in allowances and bonuses and, for once, it seemed Migne was satisfied.
But the team failed to perform and the pressure crept in.
Acres of media space was dedicated towards questioning his team selection and tactics in the three matches Kenya played against Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania.
Then reports that he fallen out with a majority of the players filled the airwaves.
The defeat to Tanzania in a 2020 Africa Nations Championship qualifier on August 4 was the final straw. In his last outburst, he dared Mwendwa to sack him.
“If the federation wants to fire me, let them fire me. But again, if paying my salary is an issue, will they manage to pay out my contract?” he posed.
A few days later, he was gone, but not without issuing a final warning that failure to adhere to the terms and conditions of the severance package would bring “consequences”.
Liberia: LFA Form New Team to Represent Liberia At WAFU Cup of Nations
The team is led by U-20 National team coach Christopher Wreh, and his deputy Mouctarr Fofana of BYC-II.
Authorities of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) have set up a new team comprising local-based players to represent the country in the 2019 West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations.
WAFU Nations Cup is an association football competition that is contested by representative teams in the sub region.
The formation of the new team comes weeks to Lone Star 2022 World Cup Qualifiers matches against Sierra Leone, an international friendly against Botswana, and the two-legs matches against Chad in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The team is led by U-20 National team coach Christopher Wreh, and his deputy Mouctarr Fofana of BYC-II. Both Wreh and Fofana were appointed by LFA along with Sunday Sieh, who will serve as goalkeeper coach.
The ‘Lone Star’ were paired against the Atlas Lions of Morocco during the draw held in Dakar, Senegal on May 29, 2019.
Morocco are participating in the tournament for the first time after they were invited by the organizers of the tournament to replace Sierra Leone that were earlier ban from global football by world football governing body, FIFA.
A few days after his appointment, Coach Wreh, who led Liberia U-20 national team to the grand-final of the 2018 WAFU Tournament in Liberia, has submitted a provisional list of 31 players to the LFA, and have commenced preparation at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
The players, according to LFA, will undergo medicals examination before starting a training session ahead of the tournament in Senegal.
According to the tournament rules, the eight winners from the first round will progress to compete in the main cup competition, while the losers will feature in a second-tier plate event.
Full List of Provisional Squad
Goalkeepers: Emmanuel Deanneh (Nimba United), Reuben King (Nimba Kwado) and Abraham Bangura (Nimba FC)
Defenders: Josephus Martor (Nimba Kwado), Benjamin Doe (LISCR FC), David Paytoe (Freeport FC), Carlos Williams (Watanga FC), Madison Gaye (Muscat FC), Meanpahn Dolo (BYC-II), Ben Benianh (Nimba United), Daniel Paye (Bea Mountain) and Christopher Nagbe (Small Town)
Midfielders: Rufus Padmore, Christian Doe and Daniel Toe (BYC-II); Edward Saliby, Markey Morgan and Maliki Kromah (LISCR FC); Barbu Kollie and Wilton Nenneh (Nimba United), Joseph Bounty (Monrovia Club Breweries), Dennis Shabba (Samira FC), Wurie Barry (Mighty Blue Angels), Varney Sando (LPRC Oilers) and Jill Blemah (Srimex FC).
Strikers: Jestino Jackson (BYC-II), Mark Yallah (Muscat FC), Mark Karlay (LISCR FC), Basil Sawyer (Pags FC), Justice Abakar (Monrovia Club Breweries) and Augustine Otu (LPRC Oilers)
South Africa: Team SA Dominates With 12 Medals At Africa Games
Rabat — Team SA picked up 12 medals on Wednesday at the African Games in Rabat and Casablanca.
There were seven gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals from Tiffany Keep (cycling), and Erin Gallagher, Emma Chelius, Kaylene Corbett, Christin Mundell, Michael Houlie, Samantha Randle (two), Martin Binedell, Carla Antonopoulos, women’s 4x100m freestyle (swimming) and men’s 4x100m freestyle (swimming).
Women’s Mountain Biking, Cross-Country: Tiffany Keep won the gold medal in the mountain biking cross-country event. She covered the seven 5km laps in 1hr 39min 35sec. She beat the Mauritian pair of Aurelie Halbwachs and Mary LeCourt De Billot into silver and bronze by 1min 20.3sec.
Men’s doubles, semi-finals: Grant Goldschmidt and Leo Williams went down narrowly to Morocco’s Mohammed Abicha and Zouheir El Graoui 21-16, 23-21.
Bronze medal final: Goldschmidt and Williams lost 21-18, 16-21, 11-15 to Rwanda.
Women’s Group B: South Africa’s Under-20s were awarded a walkover against Zambia, who failed to arrive in time.
Women’s 200m butterfly: Heats: Carla Antonopoulos finished second in her heat in 2min 24.06sec. Swimming in the second of two heats, Jessica Whelan finished third in her heat in 2:26.98. Both qualified for the final, in fourth and sixth places overall.
Women’s 100m freestyle, Heats: Erin Gallagher won her heat comfortably in 57.60 to qualify for the final second fastest overall. Emma Chelius qualified for the final.
Men’s 100m freestyle, Heats: Douglas Erasmus finished second in his heat in 50.65 and second overall and Ryan Coetzee finished third in his heat in 51.37 and qualified fifth overall
Women’s 50m breaststroke, Heats: Christin Mundell won her heat in 32.70 to qualify second overall for the final. Kaylene Corbett also won her heat, in 32.75, to qualify third fastest for the final.
Men’s 50m breaststroke, Heats: Michael Houllie won his heat in 27.94 to qualify second fastest for the final. Brad Tandy won his heat in 28.54 to qualify fifth fastest for the final.
Women’s 200m backstroke, Heats: Samantha Randle and Lwethu Mbatha both qualified for the final.
Men’s 200m backstroke, Heats: Ra’eez Warley and Martin Binedell both qualified for the final.
Women’s 200m butterfly: Carla Antonopoulos finished fifth in 2:23.05 and Jessica Whelan, who had led through halfway, sixth in 2:26.57
Men’s 200m butterfly: Alard Basson finished fifth in 2:06.92 and Ayrton Sweeney sixth in 2:07.08
Women’s 100m freestyle: Erin Gallagher won the gold medal in a new Games record of 55.13, with Emma Chelius claiming the bronze medal in 55.86.
Men’s 100m freestyle: Doug Erasmus finished fourth and Ryan Coetzee sixth in 50.31 and 50.60 respectively.
Women’s 50m breaststroke: Kaylene Corbett won the gold medal swimming in lane three in a Games record 32.20, while Christin Mundell picked up the silver medal in 32.70.
Men’s 50m breaststroke: Michael Houllie touched the wall first to win the gold medal in 27.41. Brad Tandy improved on his morning time to finish fourth in 28.32.
Women’s 200m backstroke: Samantha Randle finished second in 2:15.50 after being unable to haul back Felicity Passon in the final. Lwethu Mbatha finished seventh in 2:32.15
Men’s 200m backstroke: Martin Binedell broke the African Games record when he won gold in 1:59.03, while Ra’eez Warley finished eighth in 2:08.03.
Women’s 1500m freestyle: Samantha Randle finished secondk in 17:11.07 to take the silver medal and Carla Antonopoulos finished strongly for bronze in 17:22.15.
Men’s 800m freestyle: Brent Szurdoki finished fifth in 8:12.57 and Michael McGlynn sixth in 8:27.52.
Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay: South Africa (Erin Gallagher, Jessica Whelan, Kerrin Herbst and Emma Chelius) won the gold medal in a Games record 3:48.88.
Men’s team, Group F: South Africa (Byrone Abrahams, Kurt Lingeveldt, Cade Peters) lost their opening match 3-1 to hosts Morocco
Men’s team, Group F: South Africa (Byrone Abrahams, Kurt Lingeveldt, Cade Peters) lost their second match 3-0 to Tunisia
Women’s team, Group D: South Africa lost their opening match 3-0 to Tunisia
Women’s team, Group D: South Africa lost their second match 3-0 to Ethiopia
– Team SA
African Games – Angola Gets Double Handball Victory
Luanda — The men’s and women’s handball teams won last Tuesday at the premiere of the African Games in Rabat (Morocco), when Angola has already won two bronze medals for judo.
The men’s national team defeated Nigeria by 31-20, at the break they already won by 16-10.
On Wednesday, the runner – up of last edition rests for Thursday to return to the stage before Morocco.
In the women’s sector, Angola defeated Guinea Conakry 30-19 with a favorable 14-7 at halftime.
The title holders face Nigeria at 6 pm today, Wednesday, for the 2nd round game of the handball tournament.
National boxing also comes into play Wednesday, in the preliminary contest.
In this event, Angola is seeking to improve the 13th position of the Congo Brazzaville edition in 2015.
In 54 years of history, the event is being held for the first time under the auspices of the Association of National Olympic National Committees (ACNOA) rather than the African Union, in partnership with the CSSA.
Angola participates in the event with athletics, handball (men and women), basketball (3×3), boxing, canoeing, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, judo, karate, swimming, table tennis, beach volleyball and chess.
The delegation for the event, which ends on September 3, consists of 130 members including players, technical and medical teams.
Zimbabwe: Mapeza Received Offer to Coach the Warriors
Norman Mapeza was offered the chance for another romance as the Warriors coach, ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with the gaffer ready for a return to the ultimate job in domestic football.
However, negotiations did not go very far between the two parties.
It’s very likely the deal collapsed after Mapeza asked to be paid a part of the substantial amount he is owed by ZIFA from similar assignments in the past.
On Monday, ZIFA unveiled Joey Antipas as the interim coach of the Warriors, to take charge of the two-legged World Cup qualifiers against Somalia and the start of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers, with this ad-hoc arrangement initially running until the end of this year.
Dynamos gaffer Tonderai Ndiraya and new Harare City coach Lloyd Chitembwe were named as his assistants with all the three coaches keeping the jobs at their clubs and only shifting to the Warriors when national assignments arise.
The association said they will review the set-up at the end of the year.
Antipas will step into the shoes vacated by Sunday Chidzambwa, who quit after the 2019 Nations Cup finals, while Ndiraya and Chitembwe will replace Rahman Gumbo and Lloyd Mutasa.
The ZIFA board said they acted on the recommendations of their technical committee, led by Bryton Malandule, and which features technical director Wilson Mtekede, following a review of the Warriors’ performance at the AFCON finals in Egypt.
However, The Herald can reveal today that an offer was extended to Mapeza to come and have another go, as the Warriors’ caretaker coach, by the ZIFA technical committee at a time when they were considering their options.
The FC Platinum coach confirmed he received a call from the ZIFA officials about three weeks ago asking him if he was available for the Warriors’ job.
“The guys from ZIFA phoned me some three weeks ago asking about my availability for the national team and . . . I told them I was available just like I was the last time when I was called upon to take care of the game against Liberia,” said Mapeza.
“I told them to, at least, pay me even a quarter of the money they owe me since 2012 and they promised to call back and that was the end of story.”
Mapeza is owed more than US$100 000 by the association for services rendered to the national team, as caretaker coach, in the past.
The former Warriors skipper said he has been trying to engage ZIFA officials to sort out the issue but he is yet to get any relief although, unlike others, he doesn’t believe in going the route of attaching football property to try and get a settlement to his case.
“I don’t believe in attachment of football property as a way of resolving disputes because I’m someone who is into football and might require to use such things in the future,” said Mapeza.
“Yes, there has been some engagement with ZIFA officials but nothing has materialised so far.”
Had Mapeza and ZIFA struck a deal, it would not have been the first time the former Warriors skipper had come to the rescue of his country at a time of need.
He accepted an offer to come on board and lead the Warriors, after the 2017 Nations Cup finals, and was in charge of the team in their opening 2019 AFCON qualifier against Liberia which his men won 3-0 courtesy of a hattrick from skipper Knowledge Musona.
A number of the players he fielded that day – goalkeeper George Chigova, Teenage Hadebe, Marvelous Nakamba, Danny Phiri, Kuda Mahachi, Evans Rusike and Musona – are still key members of the Warriors and were all part of the 2019 AFCON finals show.
The ZIFA leaders then handed veteran coach, Sunday Chidzambwa, the mandate to lead the team as the substantive coach and completed the mission with distinction with the Warriors winning in Kinshasa, against the DRC, and ending way clear of the Congolese on the final group standings.
Eight years earlier, Mapeza was also tasked by the ZIFA leaders to take charge of the Warriors, ahead of the start of the 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers, but the recruitment of Tom Saintfiet, and the chaos it provoked in the team, derailed the campaign whose highlight was a 2-1 win over Mali at Rufaro.
Once again, Musona was the hero, with a double strike, including a late penalty, for the victory.
Things came to a head, during a home match against the Cape Verde islands, when the Warriors were thrust under the co-management of Mapeza and Madinda Ndlovu.
Mapeza’s first attachment as the caretaker Warriors’ coach had started on September 9, 2007, when he was asked to guide the team for the final 2008 AFCON qualifier against Malawi at Barbourfields.
With the team having missed on a chance to qualify for the finals, and the technical team having been disbanded, Mapeza was thrust into the leadership role for the dead rubber against Malawi and masterminded the Warriors’ 3-1 win.
However, the ZIFA leaders then appointed gaffer Valinhos, as the substantive coach of the Warriors for the 2010 AFCON qualifying campaign, and the Brazilian gaffer proved out of depth at this level of the game on the continent.
Had Mapeza been appointed national team coach, ahead of the side’s return to the World Cup qualifiers in October, the irony of the appointment would not have been lost to those who still recall that it was Valinhos’ complaint at FIFA, saying he had not been paid his dues, which led to the expulsion of the Warriors from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Kenya: Football Club Owner Seeks TV Licence
Dubai-based investor Ricardo Badoer is seeking a commercial free to air television licence for the sports and entertainment channel Madgoat TV (MGTV) which is currently available online and planning to branch out to the competitive local mainstream media.
The investor’s Badoer Investment Limited, which owns local Wazito Football Club, has been streaming the club’s games live on the MGTV Channel.
The firm also streams Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) tournaments and the SportPesa Shield semi-finals matches after the firm acquired broadcast rights earlier in the year.
At the beginning of the year the firm signed a five-year deal worth Sh100 million with KBF that gives it broadcasts rights on the online and the expected free air TV channel.
If granted the licence, the MGTV will join the over 80 free to air television channels currently available locally.
“The licences, if granted, will enable the applicants to operate and provide the services as indicated above (commercial Free to Air television). The grant of these licences may affect public and local authorities, companies, persons or bodies of persons within the country,” said Communication’s Authority, Director General, Francis Wangusi in a gazette notice.
“The authority wishes to notify the general public that any legal or natural person or any legal or natural person, or group of individuals, who are desirous of making any representation and/or any objection to the said applications, to do so via a letter.”
The Dubai-based businessman has over the years been scouting for investment opportunities and has since acquired a stake in Sumac Microfinance and Hakika Microfinance in Tanzania. In July last year Badoer Investment firm pumped Sh100 million, taking up a 15.6 percent stake in the SME lender and announced that he would inject more money in future.