In Summary
  • Kimanzi has been drafted to replace Frenchman Sebastien Migne - whom he deputized for six months - but was sacked on Monday
  • In a nutshell, Kimanzi is considered an old hand, experienced coach, and low-risk appointment
  • He also enjoyed a decent run in the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualification matches, leading Kenya to position 68 on the Fifa rankings

Former Harambee Stars forward Boniface Ambani has backed the impending appointment of Francis Kimanzi and Zedekiah 'Zico' Otieno as coaches of the men's national football team.

It could prove to be third time lucky for Kimanzi whom Nation Sport has established will be unveiled as Harambee Stars coach anytime from now.

Kimanzi has been drafted to replace Frenchman Sebastien Migne whom he deputized for six months but was sacked on Monday.

Belgian Adel Amrouche, former Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr and former Ghana's Black Stars coach Maxwell Konadu are the other coaches who were considered for this job.

The ex-Mathare United coach refused to comment on this development when Nation Sport contacted him on Wednesday but then, multiple sources at Football Kenya Federation's Kasarani based secretariat confirmed he has accepted this role for the third time in the decade.

His appointment has reportedly been ratified by the decision and policymakers at the Kencom House-based Ministry of Sports.

In a nutshell, Kimanzi is considered an old hand, experienced coach, and low-risk appointment coming at a time when FKF is licking its wounds in the wake of the fallout and below-par returns by former coach Migne.

His demands should not be a problem for both FKF and the government will in fact help in balancing the books considering Migne's severance package - believed to be worth tens of millions of shillings - has to be paid.

Former Harambee Stars coach Zedekiah 'Zico' Otieno, currently in charge of top-flight side KCB FC, has been lined up to deputise Kimanzi.

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