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By ESPN Staff

Kenya sack coach Lama's deputies after defeat

NAIROBI, Sep 14 (Reuters) - Kenyan soccer authorities sacked head coach Bernard Lama's deputies on Thursday amid recriminations over a humiliating defeat by Eritrea.

Lama, who has threatened to quit the job, returned to Europe last week complaining he had yet to receive a contract spelling out the terms and conditions of his employment from the Kenya Football Federation (KFF).

Deputy coaches Jacob Mulee and Sammy Nyongesa and team manager Anthony Oriri, were sacked after refusing to assemble the squad, saying they were waiting for Lama's return.

The former goalkeeper, a member of France's 1998 World Cup-winning squad, left the country four days after the east Africans suffered an upset 2-1 defeat by Eritrea in a 2008 African Nations Cup qualifying match in Nairobi.

It was the latest defeat on Lama's watch, after Kenya lost two build-up matches to Ethiopia last month.

'We are disappointed by the local coaches' bad reaction to defeat at the hands of Eritrea because it is tantamount to holding the nation to ransom and...an indication of unwillingness to serve the country,' KFF secretary-general Dan Omino told Reuters.