Kimanzi, Zico take charge of Stars, eyes on AFCON 2021
Francis Kimanzi has been named new Harambee Stars head coach after the firing of Sebastina Migne
Francis Kimanzi and Zedekiah Otieno were officially unveiled as the new Harambee Stars coach and assistant coach on Tuesday with the sole target being qualification to the 2021 Cup of Nations. The two, with several new faces in the technical bench have been handed a renewable two-year contract by Football Kenya Federation.
Kimanzi and Zico will have Lawrence Webo as the new goalkeeper trainer while Enos Karani who has been the goalkeeper trainer for the national women’s team will join Michael Igendia in the strength and conditioning department with the national team.
Zico returns for the team having served as head coach in 2011.
“We know the work ahead of us is tough but we are equal to the task. We have done some good work before with Sebastien (Migne) and this will just be a continuation of that. We built such a good foundation and now it is just to improve on what we started,” Kimanzi said as he was unveiled on Tuesday.
He added; “I know there will be plenty of expectations on us and all we ask for us for support from all Kenyans. I know we cannot please everyone but we will work hard to achieve the set targets heading to the qualifiers for the 2021 AFCON.”
FKF boss Nick Mwendwa said he has full faith on the home-grown technical bench and says the Federation will accord them maximum support.
“We have seen from the just concluded AFCON how local coaches have succeeded and we have faith that our own will also do. We will give Francis and his team maximum support because it is easier to deal with a local coach and we are sure we will get results,”
“We go straight into work with the 2021 qualifiers and that is why we decided to settle this early so that they can have ample time to prepare the team. We want to qualify for 2021 and possibly give a shot for the World Cup in 2022,” Mwendwa noted.
Kimanzi who was former coach Migne’s second assistant will get straight into work with Stars scheduled to play a friendly match against the Uganda Cranes on September 8 in Nairobi before playing Libya in either Tunisia or Morocco on October 11.
“These friendly matches will be very important to help us prepare for the qualifiers when we play Egypt away in November. We want to give Francis everything he needs to see this team succeed,” Mwendwa said.