- It is not yet clear why Kimanzi and his team resigned, but FKF says it is by mutual consent.
- FKF says it won’t be commenting on the issue until the unveiling of the new Harambee Stars coach.
- Under Kimanzi’s tutelage, Kenya climbed to 68th place in the Fifa rankings- Star’s best ever ranking- during his first stint in 2008-2009.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will unveil new Harambee Stars coach today (October 21), 24 hours after the resignation of Francis Kimanzi.
The new coach will be unveiled at 11:30 am by FKF President Nick Mwendwa, in an event that will be taking place at the Safari Park Hotel (Kumbaya Hall).
On Tuesday, Francis Kimanzi together with his backroom staff resigned as coach of Harambee Stars by mutual consent.
“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.
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.
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.
Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee tipped to take over
TV47 Digital has learnt that former Stars coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee is set to take over from Kimanzi.
Mulee, who last coached Kenya in 2010, led Harambee Stars to the 2004 AFCON finals in Tunisia.