The decision by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) announcing the sacking of their head coach Francis Kimanzi ahead of their AFCON qualifiers next month caught both players and football stakeholders in Kenya by suprise.
Many posed the question what could have happened for a coach who had done fairly well ?
www.soka25east.com sort to exclusively find out the reason for the abrupt departure of the gaffer who had taken over the role in August 2019.
A close senior source at the federation who sort anonymity explained what transpired.
“Hell broke lose when Kenya played Zambia in an International friendly in Nairobi.When the players assembled for the game word reached the President’s ears that coach Kimanzi had instructed the players not to train but instead demand for their accrued allowances or else they boycott the game”
“At that point tensions were high and the federation informed the players that due to the Covid-19 pandemic the financial situation was dire and they expected both the coaches and the players to be patient and more understanding.From that point on Kimanzi was a marked man as a furious President Nick Mwendwa made up his mind to dismiss him”The source added.
“A decision was then hurriendly made to part ways with Kimanzi as the federation felt that was insurbodination on his part and that is how the tenure was ended.Infact the letter written to the press by CEO Barry Otieno was very polite as it did not give any reasons as it sort to be “amicable” the source futher told www.soka25east.com
Kimanzi took charge of Kenya in August of last year and guided them in games against Egypt and Togo in the AFCON qualifiers last year.
In their press release FKF Wrote:
“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 said in a statement.
FKF have since appointed former coach Jacob Ghost Mulee who is nowadays more known as an “expert” of reuniting lovers in a local radio more than his coaching prowess.Ghost was an achieving coach but the question now remains “does he still have the same passion to coach Harambee Stars as before?
Over to you our readers.
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