Incoming Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi is ready for the task ahead. This is if his latest statement is anything to go by.
The long serving tactician who is set to take over National team Harambee Stars following the exit of Frenchman Sebastien Migne is upbeat and has exuded confidence that he has what it takes to steer the team to the right direction.
Well, Kimanzi is not a new face at the helm of Harambee Stars having handled the team in the past. 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.
Ahead of his official unveiling set for Friday, Kimanzi has termed it a great honour to be back again with the National team.
“I am ready for the job, my work is to coach and it is good to have the opportunity again. I am looking forward to help the team do better and also reach great heights.
“I had a good time with Sebastien [Migne], I worked under him and we did a lot together, it is my time now to conclude some of the foundations which we had laid together,” Said Kimanzi as quoted by Goal.
Kimanzi has also hailed his assistant Zedekiah Zico Otieno terming him a good coach who he would be happy to work with.
“I know him [Otieno] for a very long time and we are very close, so I am hoping we can put our heads together and help the team. My only appeal is to fans to support the team as they have always done and we will not disappoint.
“Kenyans should have the belief our coaches can do the job, we want to show it is possible to use a local coach and have success,” he told Goal.
Kimanzi’s first assignment with the team is likely to be AFCON 2021 qualifier match against Egypt in Cairo. Ahead of the clash with the North Africans, the former Mathare United boss has affirmed his belief that Kenya will make it out of the group that also consists of Togo and Comoros.
Kenya will be aiming to make it to a second consecutive Africa Cup of Nations, this time with Kimanzi at the helm.