May 20, 2024

Mathare turn to Kimanzi's expertise

Mathare turn to Kimanzi's expertise
Francis Kimanzi/File Photo

Promotion hopefuls Mathare United have turned to the expertise of their old boy and former Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi.

The club has been coach-less in the past two weeks following the resignation of Leonard Odipo who threw in the towel after suffering a 3-0 defeat to MCF.

In the absence of Odipo, Jeff Maina who served as the first assistant took charge during last weekend's game against Luanda Villa at the Kasarani Annex.

During the game against Luanda, Kimanzi was pictured with club chairman Bob Munro sending the clearest signal over his possible return to the club.

That was not an isolated case of Kimanzi attending Mathare's matches as the tactician alongside the players who formed the famed golden generation have been gracing league assignments.

Kimanzi is not new to the Mathare fraternity as he is best remembered for winning the Kenyan Premier League with the team in 2008.

The gaffer who has been taking charge in training sessions this week also played for the outfit during his active years.

Kimanzi resigned as the Mathare head coach in July 2019 after four years in charge to take the Harambee Stars job. He was succeeded by Salim Ali who served as head coach until May 2021.

The former Tusker coach will be tasked with guiding Mathare back to the top flight.

The Slum Boys who are placed second on the log behind Naivas were relegated last year after finishing second from bottom in the top tier.

The latest development marks the return of Kimanzi to club football after close to two years in the cold.

He last tutored the defunct Wazito whom he coached between November 2020 and January 2022.