Francis Kimanzi steps aside as Tusker boss

Former Harambee Stars manager Francis Kimanzi has stepped aside from his position as Tusker FC head coach, the Kenyan Premier League giants confirmed on Wednesday.

Kimanzi, who has been in charge of the ten-time Kenyan champions for the last two years, will now miss the team’s crunch KPL Top 8 semi-final against Gor Mahia starting this weekend.

Tusker have been on a free-fall in the league this season and last weekend’s shock elimination from the GOtv Shield Cup round of 16 by second tier side Nzoia United seemed to have force the club management to act.

However, Tusker chairman James Musyoki told Daily Nation Sport it was Kimanzi’s decision to step aside and that there was no pressure from the club’s top brass.

“He (Kimanzi) has not resigned but stepped aside. He says he has been working very hard and not getting the results. So, he has opted to step aside,” Musyoki said.

In his absence, club assistant coach Leonard Odipo will lead the team. It is not yet clear whether the club will reinstate Kimanzi, whose contract ends at the end of the season, or they will altogether find a new boss.