It was a 15 year wait for Harambee Stars to qualify for the ongoing African Cup of Nation (AFCON) show piece in Egypt. The man who steered the national football team to AFCON was Sebastian Migne. The French national has coached DR Congo, Congo and Togo. His stint with these national teams has been pretty impressive and his CV will get even better after Harambee Stars for the AFCON under his tutelage.
Brief coaching background
He hails from La Roche sur Yon in France. He plied his trade in third tier side La Roche VF in France between 1989 and 1993. The French national switched to coaching later on. He started out as an assistant coach for 20 years. His first club was Club Gaillard, followed by Croiz and then La Roche Vendee. He went to coach Democratic Republic of Congo national under 20 football team. He made history as the first DRC coach to qualify the team for the continental championship.
Migné was previously coach of the Democratic Republic of the Congo national under-20 football
Named Harambee Stars Coach
He was little known in Kenya until he was appointed Harambee Stars coach on 3 May 2018.
The coach came under heavy criticism after he dropped influential players from his squad. Former Harambe Stars coach Jacob Mulee and Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay were among those who faulted Migne’s squad. In his defense, the coach said:
“I am not a Gor Mahia or AFC Leopards or Kariobangi Sharks fan,” said told a leading daily.
“I pick players who can help my team and improve the prospects of the country.
“Three months ago nobody imagined we will be in this situation. I did not talk about the issues at Gor Mahia because I only focus on how the Kenyan players at Gor Mahia perform on the pitch.”
Salary of Sebastien Migne
The coach takes home Kes1.5 million per month. Only time will tell if he is worth the pay.