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Coaches voice concern over Harambee Stars

By Barry Silah
Monday, September 28th, 2020
Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi.
In summary

Local football coaches are worried  that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros is drawing close yet Harambee Stars have not trained.

Harambee Stars’ head Coach Francis Kimanzi is unable to assess his players a month and a half ahead of the two legged fixture in November. 

Even as analysts praised the re-opening of the refurbished Nyayo Stadium on Saturday by President Uhuru Kenyatta, some tacticians now want football action to resume.

Former Harambee Stars Coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee was sympathetic with Kimanzi over the situation.

“I understand the situation with coronavirus management but we can come up with proper plans to ensure the players are fit and also safe.

I really sympathise with Kimanzi because his work has never been this difficult,” said Mulee who accused the Government of double standards by allowing politicians to hold rallies around the country.

On his part, ex-AFC Leopards and Sony Sugar tactician James Nandwa asked the government to consider jobs at stake now.

“These are actual jobs on the line and I wish our government could understand this.

Players should be allowed to resume monitored training so that coaches can work on their fitness levels.

Even our neighbours Tanzania are going on with matches and in South Africa they are about to resume so really it is unfair to the players who want to get back to their normal duties.

Even clubs are now desperate and this is not right at all. I do not know how Coach Kimanzi will hack this one”

Bidco United coach Anthony Akhulia is also worried that players cannot get the best out of the moment due to uncertainties.

“We need to get back fully and this is simple because all we need is players and officials tested.

Even if it means staying minus fans at the moment, football needs to get back,” he stated urging the government to reconsider its strict directives.

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