Kenyan football lovers are set to wait a little longer to know the next coach of the National Team Harambee Stars. This is after Football Kenya Federation denied reports doing rounds that it had settled on Francis Kimanzi and KCB head coach Zedekiah Otieno as the men who would take charge of the team.
Wednesday saw various sections of the media report that former Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi was taking over as National team head coach following the departure of french man Sebastien Migne. It was also reported that Zico was to be his assistant with the duo signing a two year deal ahead of their official unveiling on Friday.
Well, FKF President Nick Mwendwa has now come out to clear the air on the alleged appointments.
According to Mwendwa, the Federation is yet to settle on a new coach and as such, any information doing rounds should be treated as a rumour.
“We don’t run football via the internet. I am also reading the same news on the internet and I am very surprised.
“Whoever is spreading such rumours has no idea what is going on with the reorganization of the Harambee Stars technical bench. We will announce the new coach officially at the right time.” Said Mwendwa as quoted by Nation’s Nairobi News.
Should Kimazi be appointed as Harambee Stars head coach, he will be marking his third stint as manager. He was first appointed as Harambee Stars manager in 2008 where he led the team to an all-time high 68th position on the FIFA World Rankings.
He was however sacked a year later before being reinstalled in November 2011 but was again sacked 6 months later.
Kimanzi quit his position as the Mathare United head coach barely a month before Sebastian Migne left his position as the Harambee stars coach. He favors a highly attacking game which should be welcomed by many fans after a year of Migne’s defensive approach to matches.
His first assignment with the team is likely to be AFCON 2021 qualifier match against Egypt in Cairo.