Kenya’s Harambee Stars set for a new coach

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Football Kenya Limited (FKL), the body running football in the country, will Wednesday name a new coach to take charge of the national team, Harambee Stars.

The new coach will take over from Francis Kimanzi, the Kenyan credited with taking Harambee Stars to the second and final round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup-cum-2010 African Cup of Nations finals qualifiers which kick off in March.

The coach, whose name and nationality FKL was keeping under wraps late Tuesday, is said to be a European.

Kimanzi, who trained in Holland and also handles Kenya Premier League champions and representatives in the 2009 African Champions League tournament, Mathare United, quit the job late last month after failing to agree with the FKL on terms and working conditions.

Kimanzi succeeded goalkeeper-turned coach Jacob “Ghost” Mulee, a Germany-Holland-trained tactician who quit in a huff following Kenya’s disastrous start in the earlier rounds of the 2010 World Cup qualifier campaign.

However, Kimanzi changed the situation as the east Africans who are out to make their sixth appearance in the Nations Cup, posted good results and qualified for the second round of the qualifiers.

Kenya has made five appearances in the Nations Cup finals, but failed to go beyond the first round.

The new coach, to be named today, has his work cut out for him, as his principal task is to ensure Kenya qualifiers for both the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be staged in South Africa and the 2010 African Cup of Nations finals in Angola.

To accomplish the dream, Kenya must walk the extra mile as they are drawn in Group 2 against former Nations Cup champions and ex-Olympic soccer champions, Nigeria, Tunisia and Mozambique.

2010 World Cup  South Africa's preparation to host the games on African soil for the first time but also individual African countries' determination to take part in the historic event. Five African countries - Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria, South Africa and Ghana - are selected to join twenty seven teams from around the world to battle it out on the football pitch for the gold trophy. One by one, the African teams are eliminated, but Africans will not be bogged down as they rally behind their compatriots on the wings of the vuvuzela, a far cry from the near diplomatic row between Algeria and Egypt during the qualifiers. Ghana are the last team to leave but not before African unity becomes reality...
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