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Kenya settle on Kimanzi as Migne’s replacement

Francis Kimanzi (L) worked under Sebastien Migne during the latter's tenure as head coach of Harambee Stars / Courtesy Images

Immediate former Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi is set to be appointed new Harambee Stars coach after the departure of Frenchman, Sebastien Migne.

Kimanzi has been one of Migne’s assistants and reports now indicate that he is set to replace the Frenchman as head coach. His close pal and KCB coach Zedekiah Otieno will be his assistant.

This will be Kimanzi’s third stint as Stars coach, his first was between 2008-2009 where he guided Kenya to its best-ever FIFA ranking. Kenya was ranked in position 68.

He was close to leading Kenya to 2010 Nations Cup before he was unceremoniously replaced.

The second one was between 2011 and 2012 which was less successful as he was fired when Kenya failed to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of nations.

At club level, Kimanzi has coached his boyhood club, Mathare United on two stints. His second spell ended in July. He has also been in charge of Sofapaka and Tusker FC.

His first assignment will be a 2021 AFCON qualification match against Egypt in November.

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