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Kimanzi returns as Kenya coach

Allan Wanga (left) and Richard Ghaiseb of Namibia
Kimanzi will take Kenya into the final stage of 2010 World Cup qualifying
Francis Kimanzi has returned to the post of Kenya coach, despite a recent fall-out with the country's football authorities.

Kimanzi signed a one-year contract on Thursday, even though he previously said that he would not be available to lead the Harambee Stars at the regional Cecafa Cup, which begins on 31 December.

He had been unhappy about the commitment of Football Kenya Limited (FKL) to the team as a whole, but he told BBC Sport that he is pleased with undertakings in the new deal.

"Together with my technical team, we're satisfied, we only want to see if it's honoured, and honoured in a very professional way," Kimanzi said.

"They should make sure that everything is paid and paid on time, so that I only get the players to concentrate on the 90 minutes and nothing else."

Kimanzi took over as caretaker coach in May, and took Kenya through to the final phase of 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, which begins in March.

He is also coach of Mathare United, who won this year's Kenyan league championship.

Kenyan football has been plagued by controversy, with the government refusing to recognise the authority of the newly-formed FKL, which was endorsed by the game's world governing body Fifa last month.

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see also
Confusion over Kenya coach
27 Nov 08 |  African
Kimanzi slams foreign coaches
09 Oct 08 |  African
2010 World Cup Qualifiers
22 Jun 08 |  African


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