Harambee Stars let Kenya down, but that was no reason to sack Kimanzi
Posted Wednesday, June 20 2012 at 17:07
We saw Harambee Stars arrive home without any welcoming fans.
They flew home quietly and walked, heads bowed at JKIA as if they’d been rained on. Harambee Stars have been an embarrassment to Kenya, and a big shame.
A few hours later, we heard that the team’s coach Francis Kimanzi had been shown the door.That should not stop there.
The team plus the entire federation should be disbanded and sent home. We need a new federation, new team, fresh blood and fresh minds with a brand new name, not Harambee Stars.
Stars, which do not shine, have no business representing Kenya in any capacity. We need footballers who can play. We want goals and not side shows at the pitch.
Now that we’ve been knocked out of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers so early, let them retire. They are big let down.
JUSTIN OSEY PETER, Mombasa
Finally Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi and his technical bench have been sacked.
I believe that Kimanzi’s sacking is untimely. Whatever KFF does now, Harambee Stars is out of next year’s tournament in South Africa.
The only slim chances it still has is to qualify for the 2014 world cup in Brazil by winning all its remaining matches including against Nigeria, both home and away.
This is the time KFF should have backed Kimanzi to hold local tournaments to identify talent.
It is now that KFF can sponsor nationwide tournament not only from district or provincial level, but from location levels.
And Kimanzi a local coach, would have been of great help. What KFF might be planning now is hiring a foreign coach.
But it should be remembered that such coaches cannot understand the local players the way Kimanzi can.
The most successful footballers in Kenya like Oliech and Mariga were not identified by foreign coaches.
They were identified by the same Kimanzis, Mulees and others who KFF has been sacking.