FKF struggles exposed, as they appoint Francis Kimanzi as head coach
August 20, 2019
Football Kenya Federation
(FKF) have appointed Francis Kimanzi as the new head coach of the national
team, Harambee Stars.
former Mathare United tactician
will be unveiled on Friday after the federation agreed to hand him a two-year
contract to handle the side, following the exit of Frenchman Sebastien Migne.
to a top FKF source, Kimanzi will be handed two years contract and will be assisted
by KCB head coach
“He [Kimanzi] will be unveiled on Friday
alongside the new technical bench which will consist of Zedekiah [Otieno] as
to explain why the federation had opted against hiring a foreign coach, the
source said: “Foreign coaches sometimes come up with tough demands which are
not easy to meet and I think it is high time we tried out our own local
coaches, for a short-term solution.
are looking at getting a quick solution and engaging foreign coaches now will
take our time. I think we will settle for our own coaches here to drive the
team forward but when the time comes, we can go foreign again.
Sebastien [Migne] when he came on board, he asked to come along with his
backroom staff which is also a bit expensive for us.
you don’t provide the same, the coach will not sign a contract, or he will take
up the job but when he fails, he will use it as a scapegoat.”
was the assistant to Migne during his time with the side and a month ago quit
his post at Mathare United to fully concentrate on national team matters.
is not new to Harambee Stars job. He was appointed full-time manager of
the team on December 11, 2008, having held the post as a caretaker coach
since May 2008.
sacked from the post after the 2008 Cecafa Cup in January 2009 due to
disputes between him and Kenyan football administrators.
a one-year spell coaching Sofapaka, he was reappointed as head coach of the
Kenyan national team in November 2011.
June 2012, he was sacked as manager of Kenya alongside his entire coaching
staff after the country failed to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of
coaching Tusker, he
returned to his boyhood club Mathare United as manager in 2015.