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Kenya: I Don’t Know What I Did, Says Kimanzi

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Kampala — Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi has pleaded his innocence after he was slapped with a two match ban by the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup organizing Committee over an incident that occurred before Stars’ first game against Tanzania on Sunday.

According to the CECAFA organizers, Kimanzi allegedly influenced his players to boycott the match because three of the Tanzania players did not have requisite documents to play and they alleged further that he locked them in the changing room before the game.

However, Kimanzi says he was not told exactly what he did in person, but adds he will sit out of the two matches against Sudan and Zanzibar.

“I have also read it and I don’t know what I have done to be suspended. Maybe to win? I don’t know what I did because there is a Team Manager and I am on the technical part. I did what I was supposed to do; warmed up the team, managed a game that we won and that’s it,” Kimanzi said.

“When you are not explained anything on your side it is not easy to start defending yourself. Because for what am I defending myself,” further posed the tactician.

Kimanzi received his letter from CECAFA on Monday evening as they came in to the Lugogo Arena for their pre-match warm up and he says he will abide by the suspension but is confident the team will still be okay even in his absence.

“I have a very experienced technical bench that supports me and there is nothing that will change. Maybe only the face of Kimanzi but the game will be played, the boys will have fun and I am sure we will win it,” stated the coach.