Kenya have confirmed that Francis Kimanzi will take over as national coach on a one-year renewable deal after resolving a contractual dispute.
He will take charge of the team for this month's CECAFA Challenge Cup and the final phase of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers. Kimanzi, who has served as caretaker coach since May and successfully led the side through the first round of qualifiers, had initially threatened to quit over the pay dispute.
Kimanza said he had chosen to stay on after being promised changes in the Harambee Stars' management structure.
"I have been assured of a good working environment to prepare the team for the upcoming championships," Kimanzi said. "We must start work to prove that it will be workable... and hope they will stick to their commitments. I believe there is some seriousness this time round."
Kenya is drawn to play Nigeria, Tunisia and Mozambique in the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign which begins in March. But Kimanzi said his immediate concern is the annual CECAFA Challenge Cup starting in Uganda on December 31, for which he has named a 25-man squad.