Mathare United appoint old boys Kimanzi, Salim as coaches

By alex wafula
Dec 14, 2021
  • Kimanzi returns to Mathare United after a unsuccessful stint with Tusker FC in the just ended KPL season.

After six years, Francis Kimanzi and Salim Ali return to Mathare United as coach and assistant coach respectively.

The announcement was made on Monday by Mathare United chairman Bob Munro with the two coaches officially meeting the team at their Goan Institute training ground.

Kimanzi who resigned as Tusker FC coach towards the end of the season walks in to pick up from Stanley Okumbi who resigned from the post on mutual agreement.

"These are two very experienced coaches and they bring in a lot into the team, bearing in mind they worked here and got results. I am happy to bring them back and I look forward to them bringing the glory days back.

"They will join on a three year contract and within that time, other teams should be prepared to fight for number two,” Munro said just before Salim and Kimanzi met with the players. The duo were at the helm of the team in 2008, the one and only time they won the KPL title.

Kimanzi left though towards the end of the 2009 season to further his studies and Salim Ali took over the reigns.

Kimanzi and Salim were also part of the Mathare team that won the Moi Golden Cup in 1998, Kimanzi as Captain and Salim in defense.

The two have also been working hand in hand while Kimanzi was at Tusker, Salim helping out with opponent scouring and defensive coaching. The latter has been working as a TV pundit for Supersport as well as coaching University of Nairobi side Wazito since leaving Ulinzi Stars early last season.

Mathare is a stable team, Munro

“We are a team that has had stability because in the last 21 years, we have had only six coaches. It is a tradition we want to keep because it ensures the club remains true to its philosophy,” Munro added.

Mathare finished the season ninth and at some point midway, Okumbi had tendered his resignation after being disappointed with the output of his players.

He however rescinded the decision after a meeting with Munro but it was always a matter of time before he thought of a decision to leave.

Though Kimanzi is not thinking about trophies in the short term, he is more focused on getting Mathare back on track and he believes they can go back to the basics and elevate the team back on top.

“We cannot think of the championship as at now because the most basic thing is to look at the team and where there needs to be improvement to make it as competitive as possible.

They have not been doing as bad previously and I want to thank those who have worked before us because it is not easy to keep a team competitive at the top level with the financial difficulties that have been there,” Kimanzi said.

“We will need to go back to the basics and look at what used to be done when we were there for results to flow and see whether we can implement them. It is quite comfortable working somewhere you were before because you know the surrounding, you know the environment and it will not be hard to adopt,” he added.

With Kimanzi and Salim, the die is now cast on getting the team back to the top.

Bandari begin bolstering squad 

Elsewhere, Bandari FC are on the verge of signing Sofapaka defender Felly Mulumba as they seek to strengthen ahead of the new season. Mulumba leaves Sofapaka, a club that is struggling to stay afloat due to extensive financial difficulties.

Sofapaka have sunk into new financial lows and it is such a huge contrast from a team that revolutionized remuneration of players when they set into the top flight in 2009.

This season, Batoto ba Mungu have struggled to pay their players and will undoubtedly lose most of them. Already Collins Shivachi has joined Tusker FC.