Francis Kimanzi

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Francis Kimanzi
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-05-29) 29 May 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Kitui, Kenya
Club information
Current team
Tusker (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2002 Mathare United
Teams managed
2002–2010 Mathare United
2008–2009 Kenya
2011 Sofapaka
2011–2012 Kenya
2013– Tusker
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Francis Kimanzi (born 29 May 1976)[1] is a Kenyan football coach who is the current head coach of Kenyan Premier League side Tusker. He formerly coached his national side Kenya.


Playing career[edit]

Kimanzi played club football for Mathare United between 1994 and 2002, before becoming manager.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Kimanzi was appointed full-time manager of the Kenyan national side on 11 December 2008,[2] having held the post as a caretaker since May 2008.[3] He was sacked from the post of national team coach after the 2008 CECAFA Cup in January 2009 due to disputes between him and Kenyan football administrators.[4] After a one-year spell coaching club side Sofapaka, he was reappointed as head coach of the Kenyan national team in November 2011.[5] In June 2012 he was sacked as manager of Kenya alongside his entire coaching staff after Kenya failed to qualify for the 2013 African Nations Cup.[6]


Kimanzi has publicly spoken out against foreign coaches in Africa.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Francis Kimanzi". Kenya Soccer Institute. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  2. ^ "Kimanzi returns as Kenya coach". BBC. 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Confusion over Kenya coach". BBC. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Kimanzi sacked as Kenya coach". BBC. 2009-01-18. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  5. ^ "Kimanzi returns as Kenya coach". FIFA. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kimanzi sacked as Kenya coach after Nations Cup exit". BBC Sport. 19 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kimanzi slams foreign coaches". BBC. 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 

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