Head Coach Francis Kimanzi Resigns From National Team Harambee Stars

Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi and part of his backroom staff have resigned from the national soccer team Harambee Stars.

In a statement issued in Nairobi on Tuesday, 20th October, Football Kenya Federation CEO Barry Otieno confirmed the departure of Kimanzi together with assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno and goalkeeper trainer Lawrence Webo.

The federation thanked the trio for their “exemplary work, dedication, and unrivalled professionalism”, which had strengthened Kenya’s chances of qualifying for the Afcon 2022 final tournament.

The search for a new coach has started.

“All at the federation, wish them well, in their future endeavours, this even as the search for a replacement to take the national team forward begins in earnest,” part of the FKF statement read.

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Kimanzi was appointed the full-time manager of the national team in December 2008, having held the post as a caretaker.

He was sacked as the national team coach after the 2008 Cecafa Cup in January 2009 due to disputes between him and the football administrators. After a one-year spell coaching Sofapaka, he was reappointed as the national team head coach in November 2011.

In June 2012, he was sacked as manager alongside his entire coaching staff after Kenya failed to qualify for the 2013 African Nations Cup.

After coaching Tusker, he returned to Mathare United as manager in 2015 before being appointed again as the national team manager in August 2019.

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Kimanzi’s last assignment was a 2-1 win over Zambia in a friendly match at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on 9th October 2020.

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Zablon Ondari

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