Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa has confirmed that Francis Kimanzi is no longer part of the team’s technical bench.
“He (Kimanzi) got an offer with the national soccer team. We allowed him to take that offer but retained him as a part time technical director to his successor (Salim Ali), whom he proposed we sign as his replacement.”
”Thereafter, we figured out he didn't have time for us and officially wrote him a release letter.”
The revelation comes barely two days after Kimanzi was involved in a bust-up with English coach Stewart Hall during Saturday’s FKF Cup duel against Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
The two coaches are said to have quarreled after Kimanzi appeared in the dressing room at halftime. “Yes the two argued for a while after Kimanzi entered the dressing room,” a source who sought anonymity revealed to Goal.com Kenya.
But Kalekwa said on Monday, "I am not aware the two argued but I don't know what he (Kimanzi) was doing in the dressing room either.”
Kalekwa also refuted claims that the club is undergoing financial difficulties but hinted that he could be open to offers to sell the outfit.
“All I can say is that the money we receive from sponsors and other income generating projects doesn't even account for half of our main budget. Therefore, at times the salaries of the players might delay but we work around the clock to ensure that we manage each and every situation.”
“This club belongs to the church, we have a vision for the next 20 years but if we get independent-minded shareholders who are seeking to invest, am always willing to listen
to what they have to say.”