Kimanzi focuses on club duties

Published on 25/01/2009

By Mutwiri Mutuota

With pressure mounting for Francis Kimanzi to be re-instated as the national team, Harambee Stars, coach the tactician has shifted attention to his club side and league champions, Mathare United.

“I am not thinking about Harambee Stars at the moment. My focus is on Mathare and ensuring that we do well in the CAF Champions League,” Kimanzi said on Saturday after his experimental side lost 3-0 to Gor Mahia in the Kenyan Premier League Super Cup.

“I appreciate the support I have received since being sacked, but I want to move on with my club. I wish the national team all the best as they prepare for qualifiers,” he added.

Magic Hands

At the Sports Personality of the Year Awards gala night on Friday, Vice-President, Kalonzo Musyoka, called for the return of Kimanzi while Sports Minister, Helen Sambili said the coach, “had magic hands with the team”.

A day earlier, Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, had called for his restoration while a senior player, France-based Auxerre striker, Dennis Oliech, said he would not play for Stars if Kimanzi was not reinstated.

“If we do well in the Champions League, Kenyan football will have gone up another step,” Kimanzi noted.

Mathare will travel to Zambia on Thursday to face Zesco United in a first round tie in Ndola.

“We have been training intensively but players will rest on Tuesday to keep them in good shape.”

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