Uganda, Libya to be first tests for Kimanzi in 3rd Stars stint

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa confirmed on Tuesday 20 August that two friendly matches against Uganda and Libya have been lined up for Harambee Stars as preparations for the upcoming 2021 AFCON qualifiers that are set to kickoff in November.

He confirmed the above during the unveiling of the team’s new technical bench that will be led by Francis Kimanzi who takes the mantle for the third time having coached the team in 2008-09 and 2011-12.

“We have once again put the team in the hands of one of our own. I ask we give him support to return the team back to the AFCON for 2021 and hopefully the Qatar World Cup in 2022,” Mwendwa said.

Two friendlies

“In this regard we have lined up two friendly matches to help the coach prepare his team. The first will be against Uganda on the 8th of September here in Nairobi with the other being against Libya on the 11th of October, to be played probably in Tunisia or Morocco.

“We are also in the process of lining up a third friendly to be played after the game against Libya on the 15th but there is nothing tangible as yet but we remain hopeful as we want to be active in both those international windows,” he said.

Stars have been pooled in Group G of the qualifiers against Egypt, Togo and Comoros and will kick off their qualification process against Egypt away in Cairo in November, hence the Libya friendly.

Kimanzi takes over from Sebastien Migne who he served under for the last year and a half as an assistant and helped lead the team to the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt to help break a 15 year wait for the country to grace the continental stage.