Kimanzi sheds light on Stars fitness as sports activities crawl out of dust after four months of lockdown

  • Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi has revealed to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) how keeps tabs on the Kenya international players, ensures players are maintaining their fitness levels amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Four months down the line, players have been forced to train on their own after measures to curb the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 halted Football in March and Kimanzi has shed some light on how he is following up on his charges.

“It is a difficult situation now but we have been engaging with the players at a personal level,” Kimanzi said.

“We have also been doing a lot of planning and following up on our scouting database. Player selection is never easy, but what counts is the current form,” he added.

“Take for instance, when (Gor Mahia midfielder) Lawrence Juma was in top form, we picked him into the starting team ahead of other foreign players. Playing abroad is secondary to the player’s current form when it comes to selection,” he explained.

Kimanzi who was serving as the assistant coach to former Kenya coach Sebastien Migne in the Afcon 2019 in Egypt lauds the continental tournament.

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“The tournament itself was a magnificent experience, but it is the run-up to the tourney that drew a lot of lessons,” the 44-year-old continued.

“Being together for a month and working under a top coach was such a learning experience,” he revealed.  

Kimanzi has explained the importance of keeping the players and teams active thanked the current regime for ensuring that Harambee Stars are involved in the international window.

“It is important for the team to remain active since these players are from diverse backgrounds. Building a team takes time and it is for this reason that we need to utilize every opportunity to squeeze in a match,” Kimanzi noted.

“Our logistics team has also done a good job: booking flights, hotels, and training sessions on time. We always need to have the players in proper mental shape if we are to produce results,” he added.  

The former Mathare United coach also urged the players to keep safe as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bite.

“Keep safe. We need you healthy, hopefully, when things get back to normal,” he concluded.  

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