Kimanzi appointed to take charge of Harambee Stars

Kenyan football fans
Kenyan football fans will hope that Kimanzi can improve the Harambee Stars' fortunes

Francis Kimanzi is back as the coach of Kenya's national football team after he was appointed by the country's newly-elected football administration.

His appointment was announced on Tuesday by Football Kenya Association charman Sam Nyamweya.

Kimanzi accepted the job after a meeting with officials of the new football administration.

His first assignment with the national team is a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Seychelles later this month.

In the short term, Kimanzi will continue his job in charge of local side Sofapaka.

He replaces interim coach Zedekiah Otieno, who was doing the Kenya job as well as coaching Kenyan club Gor Mahia, where he remains in charge.

Kimanzi steered Harambee Stars to the final group phase of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

But he then fell out with the ousted Football Kenya Limited and was replaced by German coach Antoine Hey.

Kimanzi left for the Netherlands, where he took a coaching course, and he is currently considered the highest qualified coach in Kenya.

''Considering this is a newly-elected football administration, I thought of giving it another chance because they have shown recognition of what I achieved two years ago when I was in charge,'' he told BBC Sport.

"I am motivated to see what they will put in place so that we can together make football better in our country.''

A new football administration was elected on Saturday, ending years of wrangles that had bedevilled the game in the East African country.

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