Francis Kimanzi is serving a two-game ban slapped by CECAFA local organising committee (LOC)
Tuesday, December 10
*Sudan Vs Kenya – 1:30PM
*Tanzania Vs Zanzibar – 4PM
Kenya’s head coach Francis Kimanzi says that he is clean and wrongfully charged following a Cecafa ban by the LOC committee for ‘unsporting behavior’.
Harambee Stars’ gaffer will not be in the dugout and “should not appear anywhere in the stadium” for the next two games for incidents that happened prior to kickoff between Kenya and Tanzania on Sunday.
CECAFA, in a statement, said that Kimanzi mobilised players not to play the match by locking themselves inside the dressing room and chased away the fourth official.
“For starters, I have not received any official letter from CECAFA,” Kimanzi said on Monday evening. “I have just read it somewhere that I have been banned. I have no idea what they are talking about.
“They say I refused players to play? I am just an employed person. This team has a team manager. What could I have done if my manager tells me that wait to send players on the pitch? Me am a mere coach, How did I get to know that Tanzania players didn’t have licences? Why didn’t CECAFA cut three points from us if we are guilty?”
Kimanzi added that his absence will not be felt and some of the players will play better without him.
Consequently, assistant coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno will be on the touchline.
Abdallah Hassan scored the lone goal in the 4th minute as Kenya started their CECAFA title defence with a win against Tanzania.
The Harambee Stars will also bank on Ulinzi Stars’ striker Oscar Wamalwa, captain Joash Onyango, Swedish Based Anthony Wambani, Gor’s Kenneth Muguna and Lawrence Juma.
Sudan on the other hand, needed a late Osman Yahaya strike to salvage a point off a resolute Zanzibar team in a one all draw.