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By ESPN Staff
Sep 7, 2006

Ex-keeper Lama threatens to quit as Kenya coach

NAIROBI, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Former French goalkeeper Bernard Lama has threatened to quit as Kenya's national coach just weeks after taking up the post, officials said on Thursday.

Lama, a member of France's 1998 World Cup-winning squad, is annoyed that he has yet to receive a contract spelling out the terms and conditions of his employment from the Kenya Football Federation (KFF).

He has returned home and said he may not return unless his conditions of employment are met.

'I want basic conditions met by KFF but I see them reluctant to do so. I am going to France to see my family and I will only return if the conditions are met,' Lama, who assumed his post in August, told reporters before flying to Europe on Wednesday.

KFF secretary-general, Dan Omino, said Lama wanted three months' salary in advance, which amounts to 1.8 million Kenya shillings ($24,760).

'As far as we are concerned, he has gone to see his family and will return in two weeks. But I think he was firm in his condition that we remit the money in his account in France,' Omino told Reuters.

Lama's baptism of fire started when Kenya lost two build-up matches to Ethiopia last month.

The east Africans were also beaten 2-1 by Eritrea last Saturday in a 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifying match in Nairobi.