Francis Kimanzi was fired as Kenya coach on Tuesday after a string of poor results in qualifying competitions, football officials said.

Kimanzi, a former Mathare United player, took charge of the Harambee Stars in November and led the team into 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying after defeating Seychelles in the preliminary rounds.

But he has failed to turn around the performance of the team which was knocked out of contention for the 2013 CAF African Cup of Nations by Togo at the weekend, and are currently bottom of Group F in FIFA World Cup qualifying after two matches.

"Football Kenya Federation is taking seriously the qualification for the 2014 World Cup and after the recent poor results from the opening rounds, drastic changes have been made," the national federation said in a statement.

"After a meeting held today, it has been resolved to disband the entire technical bench of Harambee Stars with immediate effect. As the federation shops for a new coach both locally and internationally, former coach Francis Kimanzi has been been appointed the acting FKF technical director."

Kenya will play group leaders Nigeria in the next round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in March next year.