It is now or never.
After another lucklustre display, the Harambee Stars have bowed out of continental competition with a whimper. It is very dissapointing considering the hope that we all had in the side.
Today, I won't say much, other than to raise my opinion on where we should correct.
For the better.
First things first, we need a new coach. Period.
I rate Francis Kimanzi highly, very highly.. but this job is not for him. He is better of a club coach, I feel.
The national team is a selection of players from the republic of Kenya, to represent Kenyans. It is not like a club role, where you can personalize the team.
For the national team, there has to be tough decisions made, for the good of the country and not personal interest or feelings. Even if you do not like a player, if he is performing, you have to put your feelings aside for the better of the country.
Kimanzi is not capable of that.
We all know that Kimanzi is an emotional and passionate man, but he cannot be allowed to bring his emotions to the job.. An important job like the Harambee Stars one.
Some of the selections he made were down to his feelings rather than what was needed.
The Kimani's, Jamal's and the like should not have been in the side. Not even in their dreams.
And the so called professional players that take us for granted.
The selection of these players was uncalled for and in the end backfired against opposition you can term average, despite us having some very good players in the Kenyan Premier League.
What else would you call Malawi, Namibia and Togo, other than average?
Big three coaches
My opinion is that we should get rid of Kimanzi and his technical bench.
And replace him with a coach from either AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia or SoNy Sugar for the short term.
I feel that the three have a good record with bringing in good young players and spotting talent plus they have local football knowledge. There is no need to learn on the job because they know the players and the local arena.
Even better is that they are good disciplinarians.. I repeat... Good, not emotional..
As for Kimanzi, he should go back to club coaching. It suits him well and as I said earlier, he is sill a good coach.. just not for the national team.
From a disgruntled Harambee Stars fan.