CECAFA Draw Out!

Francis Kimanzi’s first major task back in charge of Harambee Stars is the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Tanzania from the end of November. Kenya have been drawn in Group C of the 12 team competition alongside Sudan, Eritrea, and guest team, Malawi. Kenya have suffered bad times in the reign and the continent’s oldest football tournament since Kimanzi was last in charge. Things came to a head last year when, poor defending on the field and constant rows over unpaid wages off it, saw Kenya bundled out of the tournament at the group stages. Kenya now return to the scene of the crime, backed by a unified governing body for the first time since 2004 and led by probably the most qualified Kenyan football coach in the business, looking to set things straight and reassert their authority as a regional powerhouse. Kimanzi’s star, on the other hand has continued to rise. After earning a UEFA coaching badge in Holland, he came back to steer Sofapaka into the fourth round of the CAF Confederations Cup (the best showing by a Kenyan club since Tusker FC in 1997) and into the final of the 2011 FKL Cup. Though the circumstances are not the most ideal, indeed with the KPL season hardly over before the CECAFA tourney kicks off, Kenyan footbal fans are crying out for some good football and it is imperative for Kimanzi to set th ball rolling in Tanzania.