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Coach Francis Kimanzi, his assistant ‘Zico’ leave Harambee Stars

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  • Francis Kimanzi led Kenya to 68th place in the Fifa rankings- Star’s best ever ranking- in 2008-2009.
  • Kimanzi was the assistant to Frenchman Sebastien Migne when Kenya qualified for the 2019 AFCON, for the first time in 15 years.
  • FKF says Kimanzi and his technical bench have left by mutual consent.

Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi has resigned from the national football team.

According to a press release from Football Kenya Federation (FKF), Kimanzi together with his backroom staff have left Harambee Stars by mutual consent.

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“The federation is immensely grateful to Coach Kimanzi and his departing members of Staff that include Assistant Coach Zedekiah Otieno and Goalkeeper Trainer Lawrence Webo for their exemplary work, dedication and unrivaled professionalism, which has strengthened Kenya’s chances of qualifying to the AFCON 2022 final tournament,” read the statement from FKF.

The former Mathare United coach replaced Frenchman Sebastien Migne as Harambee Stars coach in August 2019 on a two-year contract.

Kimanzi was the assistant to Migne when Kenya qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt. Harambee Stars was qualifying for AFCON for the first time in 15 years.

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Kimanzi has had a previous stint with the national football team set-up. On December 11, 2008, he was appointed manager of the team and was sacked after the 2008 Cecafa Cup because of disputes with FKF officials.

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Under his tutelage, Francis Kimanzi led Kenya to 68th place in the Fifa rankings- Star’s best ever ranking- during his first stint with Harambee Stars in 2008-2009.

Kimanzi’s last match with Harambee Stars was an international friendly match on October 9 when the boys edged out Zambia at Nyayo National Stadium.