Kenya have appointed German Antoine Hey as national coach on a two-year contract, Football Kenya (FK) general secretary Sam Obingo has confirmed.

The much-travelled 38-year-old former midfielder, who has been coaching the Liberian national team since March 2008, is expected to take over his new post early next month. Hey's immediate task is to prepare Kenya for final round of qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, which get underway at the end of March. Kenya host Tunisia in their first match in Nairobi on 28 March.

"We have full confidence in Hey. He has very good coaching credentials which have been recommended to us by some of the top football coaches in Africa," said Obingo. "He will be unveiled officially to the media when he returns to Kenya from Liberia on March 2nd. We believe he can take the team to South Africa and that's why we are hiring him."

Hey, who has had other previous stints with Lesotho and Gambia, becomes Kenya's fourth coach in just a year, taking over from former international defender John Bobby Ogolla, who had taken the job in a caretaker capacity.