francis kimanzi

The coach of Kenya’s men’s national team, Francis Kimanzi, has left his role by mutual consent.

Kimanzi had been in the post for a year, having replaced Frenchman Sebastien Migne.

With national football only recently returning having been suspended due to Covid-19, Kenya’s only game since march was a 2-1 friendly win over Zambia earlier this month.

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However they have critical qualifiers for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations looming, with home-and-away fixtures against surprise Group G leaders Comoros being followed by a huge final game against Egypt.

Some of Kimanzi’s backroom staff have also left their posts.

Kimanzi was in his third term with the Harambee Stars, having also been in charge briefly from November 2008 to January 2009 and then for a longer spell from November 2011 to June 2012.

A statement from FKF read: “Football Kenya Federation has announced the departure of Harambee Stars Head Coach Francis Kimanzi and part of his backroom staff from the national team by mutual consent.”

“The federation is immensely grateful to Coach Kimanzi and his departing members of Staff that include Assistant Coach Zedekiah Otieno and Goalkeeper Trainer Lawrence Webo for their exemplary work, dedication, and unrivaled professionalism, which have strengthened Kenya’s chances of qualifying for the AFCON 2022 final tournament.”

“Moreover, Football Kenya Federation wishes them well in their future endeavors, this even as the search for a replacement to take the national team forward begins in earnest.”