The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has confirmed the appointment of Francis Kimanzi as the head coach of the Harambee Stars.

The 43 year old will be in charge of the team for a third spell. He replaces French coach Sebastián Migne who left on mutual agreement after leading the team to the 2019 AFCON in Egypt to a group stage exit.

Francis Kimanzi was previously appointment full time head coach of the Harambee Stars on December 11, 2008, after serving as caretaker coach from May 2008.

In January 2009, he was sacked due to irreconcilable differences with the Kenyan football authorities, despite leading them to a runners-up position in the 2008 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.

He was reappointed coach of the national team for a second stint in November 2011 while he was in charge of Kenyan Premiership club Sofapaka.

He lasted just seven months into the job, and was fired after Kenya failed to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Prior to his recent appointment, he was the coach of Mathare United, since joining them from Tusker in 2015.

The native of Kitui played for Mathare United from 1994 to 2002 and coached them from 2002 to 2010 in his first coaching job.

“ Football Kenya Federation has confirmed the appointment of Francis Kimanzi and Zedekiah Otieno to head the Harambee Stars,” the FkF announced on Saturday.

According to a the statement from the FKF, the entire bench will be unveiled on Tuesday August 20, 2019 at a press briefing.

Kenya failed to qualify for the African Nations Championship (CHAN ) 2020, therefore Kimanzi’s main focus will be to try and qualify the team for the 2021 AFCON.

The AFCON 2021 qualifiers will start in November and Kenya are in the same group with Egypt, Togo and the Comoros Islands.

Kimanzi and his team will also oversee Kenya’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. The have been given a bye into the group stage of the 2022 World Cup qualification.

Muambo Edward