Kimanzi primed for third Harambee Stars stint

Under 72 hours since Frenchman Sebastien Migne was stripped of his duties as the Kenya national team, Harambee Stars head coach, one of his assistants at the team, Francis Kimanzi, is set to take up the role.

Upon Migne’s appointment at the senior national team, Kimanzi was brought in as the Kenya U23 national team head coach in May 2018 and shortly after enlisted in the senior team bench as one of the Frenchman’s deputies.

Third time

With Migne released after a spate of poor results posted by the national team, Kimanzi is primed to take charge for a third time at the team. Kimanzi was first appointed national team head coach in 2008 and takes credit for the highest ever ranking the national team has ever achieved, at position 68.

He was reappointed again in 2011 but served just under a year before being relieved of his duties after a loss to Togo in 2012 and an unimpressive run at the 2011 CECAFA Senior Challenge.

Zedekiah Otieno

Though the federation has not issued an official statement on the same, Soka understands that Kimanzi will be deputised in the role by KCB head coach Zedekiah Otieno, who also returns to the team after serving as head coach early in 2011.

Kimanzi recently resigned from his roles as Mathare United manager to concentrate on the national team. Zedekiah Otieno also resigned from his role as Gor Mahia assistant coach to take up the KCB job.