NAIROBI, October 17 – Kenya Premier League Managing Director Bob Munro hopes to see Francis Kimanzi retained as Harambee Stars coach for the second round of the World Cup qualifiers.,
Mr Munro said on Friday that the decision should be Kimanzi’s if he is approached to continue with the role.
“Next year we must have a national team coach so it is up to Kimanzi to decide on having the opportunity to handle the team because we are ready to recognise and support him,” he said.
The MD was speaking upon arrival from Entebbe where he accompanied the second batch of Stars players, who were stranded in Conakry after they failed to secure flights from Conakry.
The group was led by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports Kinuthia Murugu, Sports Secretary Daniel Maanzo and Kenya Football Federation vice chairman Titus Kasuve.
Mr Murugu said that the government would support the Stars preparations for the second round of the 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
“The government is going to play an important role by providing funds to the national team because we want to be in the World Cup,” said the PS.
Mr Murugu added that the government would work hand in hand with Kenya Premier League (KPL), Kenya Football Federation (KFF) and all the stakeholders in managing the team which has made an impact in continental football.
“With structures put in place this team is to going to succeed and be one of the giants in Africa, since we have a lot of talent from the grassroots that needs exposure,” he explained.
The PS cited that the government would set up proper travelling arrangements for Harambee Stars after the whole contingent got stranded in Guinea and Nigeria due to poor flight arrangements.
“Since Kenya does not have a commission in Guinea there was a language barrier but we look forward to properly planned travel schedules for teams representing our country,” he said.
KFF vice chairman, Titus Kasuve said a budget for the national team would be made available ahead of the third round of qualifiers.
“We have a budget of about Sh100 million for next year’s campaign so we do not expect to go begging, and we will work with the government to see that the national team is treated well,” he explained.
Mr Kasuve added that the federation would continue to engage with KPL in managing the national team with world class training facilities.
“After KPL showing up, their efforts to improve our team we will keep our players very busy and being our affiliate the national executive committee will consider their good run in ensuring the team grows well,” he revealed.
The vice chairman added that the federation aims to put up proper organisation for the next six qualifying matches with players having friendly matches against African and European opponents.