Picking four of Kimanzi’s worst moments at Harambee Stars

Francis Kimanzi and Harambee Stars.
The former Mathare United tactician parted ways with the national side on Tuesday after more than a year in charge

  1. Eritrea Cecafa loss
    Goal Kenya.

    Eritrea Cecafa loss

    The loss to the Horn of Africa nation marked the worst moment of Kimanzi over the one-year reign in charge of the national team.

    Kenya were fancied to qualify for the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup final but a lacklustre performance against Eritrea saw them bundled out after going down 4-1 at the StarTimes Stadium in Kampala.

    Kenya lost the regional title it had won under Paul Put in 2017 in Machakos. It was a game that marked Kimanzi’s return from suspension but the day ended bitterly for him given the margin of loss and the surrender of the title.

  2. Kenya vs Uganda draw
    Goal Kenya.

    Kenya vs Uganda draw

    Kimanzi had a chance to slow Uganda’s dominance against Kenya when the two nations met in September 2019 in a friendly match.

    Uganda and Kenya are great rivals in the Cecafa region but the former have established themselves as giants given how they have performed in the Afcon as well as boasting 15 Cecafa titles.

    The duo has met, in total, 76 times, with Kenya winning 22, drawing 22, and Uganda clinching 32 victories and Stars bottled the chance to increase the number of their wins.

  3. Mozambique loss
    Goal Kenya.

    Mozambique loss

    It was the second friendly game in a row after Uganda for Kenya but again they struggled to score despite the many chances created.

    OS Mambas took advantage of a rare chance they created and punished Harambee Stars at Kasarani. Kimanzi was then equally sad in the manner in which the team went down.

    “We conceded a very silly goal, no defender playing in the top arena is allowed to do what my players did at the back to give away such a goal,” Kimanzi said then. “We must accept we were undone because conceding like that is not acceptable in modern football.”

    The loss will surely mark the coach's reign as the worst moment.

  4. Togo draw
    Goal Kenya.

    Togo draw

    Kenya had just recorded a 1-1 draw against Egypt in the first Afcon qualifier but was forced to settle for another draw at home against the Western Africans.

    Kimanzi was criticised thereafter for failing to take off Victor Wanyama as he was not at his best, instead he withdrew Lawrence Juma who had settled in midfield quite well.

    The coach also hesitated in substituting Eric Johana who seemed to have run out of gas especially in the second half. He was, however, substituted very late in the game and Boniface Muchiri had little time to impact on the game.