Kimanzi re-appointed Stars coach

first_img“Yes, I have accepted the position and the first test will be Seychelles game where I will evaluate the side before charting a way forward. For now, I will not abandon my club but my position with them will become clearer in time,” Kimanzi said.He added: “I will also take time to appoint my technical bench because I want to operate with people I can work together with for the good of the team.”His re-appointment to the post he was acrimoniously fired from in February 2009 was the culmination of a whirlwind day in Kenyan football as Nyamweya, who was elected to the country’s top post on Saturday, moved expeditiously to assert his authority.The process to reinstate the Sofapaka FC coach was set in motion soon after Nyamweya chaired his first National Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday morning.According to FKA media liaison officer, Robin Toskin, Kimanzi was approached to take over the position in tri-partite meeting involving Nyamweya and KPL at the latter’s secretariat in the afternoon.Following the discussions, the deal that will see Kimanzi handle the national team as well as his club side simultaneously was thrashed and his appointment made public.Kimanzi steered Stars to the final group phase qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa before being shown the door with German national, Antoine Hey replacing him.He fell foul with Football Kenya Limited (FKL), the governing body that will be dissolved following Saturday’s unified elections who dismissed him under charges of insubordination after the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda.This season, the tactician who holds a UEFA A licence, the highest qualification among his local peers, led his side to the fourth round of the second tier continental club competition, the CAF Confederations Cup.Sofapaka beat Angola’s Aviacao on penalties, thrashed Egyptian giants Ismaily 4-2 on aggregate, topped D R Congo’s St Eloi Lupopo 1-0 before bowing out to Tunisia’s Club Africain 4-3 after two legs.It was their second foray in continental competition following their promotion to the KPL in 2009 which they crowned by winning the league on their debut before crashing out at the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.Kimanzi led former KPL employers, Mathare United to the 2008 KPL title while still in charge of the national team, further underlining his credentials.Otieno, who is the head coach of Sofapaka’s KPL, rivals Gor Mahia, has been in interim charge of the national team since February, leading them to third place in the qualifiers for the 2012 Africa Nations Cup.He is currently preparing the side to face Seychelles in a two-legged 2014 World Cup pre-qualifier where victory for the side will see the team will join the group containing Nigeria, Malawi and either Djibouti and Namibia who will face off in a similar knockout fixture.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 1- Francis Kimanzi has been re-appointed as national team Harambee Stars head coach by the new Sam Nyamweya regime.Kimanzi, the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Sofapaka FC coach confirmed he had taken the post that was until Tuesday was held by his Gor Mahia FC equivalent, Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno who was relieved of his duties by the Football Kenya Association (FKA).last_img read more

PREP-JC ROUNDUP Mary Star closing in on return to playoffs

first_img“I guess we can blame the start a little on the weather,” Cantor said. “It was too hot. Just watching the JV match before, we started off a bit slow, but we came back in the second, third and fourth games.” Ashley Eppler led Mary Star (12-8, 3-3) with 15 kills and eight digs. Robin Skale added 10 kills, three digs and three aces. Lauren Costa contributed 38 assists and four aces, and Charlene Bautista added 22 digs. Cantor said he was also impressed with the play of Michelle Ferrigno, who showed her versatility at outside hitter and opposite hitter. “Ashley Eppler had some big kills, and Michelle Ferrigno had one of her best games,” Cantor said. “Pretty much anything Michelle did was outstanding. She’s working hard, and it showed on the court.” Seini Tukutau had 17 kills for Serra. Marielle Brosner contributed 16 kills and 11 digs, and Christine Barba had 34 assists for Serra (9-6, 2-4). Mary Star had swept Serra earlier in the season, but the Stars said they knew they had a tough battle ahead, especially with a potential playoff berth on the line. “Serra looked a little more confident in this match,” Cantor said. “I guess they were at home and they wanted to beat us, but I knew it wasn’t going to be much of an issue for us. I think we just came in too confident.” Mary Star had high hopes entering league play after eye-opening wins over San Pedro, West Torrance and Venice. But after a slow start in league, the Stars are perking up once again and are closing in on a playoff berth. Mary Star hopes to advance farther than last season, when it was sent packing after a first-round loss to Providence. “We’re getting ready for the playoffs, and we’ve got a lot of talent,” Cantor said. “We’re going to just keep getting better and better, especially in the next few years.” El Segundo 3, Centennial 0: Melanie Palmer had 20 assists and served for 18 points as El Segundo won at home, 25-12, 25-11, 25-6. Taylor Gonzalez added eight aces and Keely Stevenson had four kills on four swings for El Segundo (4-9, 3-4). In the Del Rey League … Bishop Montgomery 3, St. Joseph 0: Rachel Clark had nine kills and three blocks and Kelly Omatsu had eight kills and four digs to lead Bishop Montgomery to a 25-16, 25-14, 25-19 victory at St Joseph. Sarah Prather added seven kills and four digs for Bishop Montgomery (19-6, 6-0) which clinched a tie for the league title. St. Joseph is 18-8, 4-2. In the Harbor League … Rolling Hills Prep 3, Ribet Academy 0: Cathy Leung had seven kills for host Rolling Hills Prep in a 25-13, 25-19, 25-16 win. Kaloni Sam added four aces and six digs for Rolling Hills Prep (7-3, 6-1), which is currently in first place in league. In a nonleague match … St. Bernard 3, Vasquez 0: Ashley Thompson had 10 kills and three aces as host St. Bernard won, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15. Whitley Robinson had six kills, eight digs and seven aces for St. Bernard (8-11).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports In the Pioneer League … South Torrance 3, Torrance 0: Shannon Roberts had 12 kills and no errors along with eight digs and two aces in a 25-14, 25-13, 25-10 win at South. Jackie Landers had eight kills and three blocks. Kiley Tamblyn had 11 digs and three aces for South (21-8, 6-1). Torrance fell to 4-3 in league. North Torrance 3, Lawndale 0: Kristen McNeese recorded eight kills and Amanda Smith had four kills and two blocks in a 25-12, 25-14, 25-12 win at Lawndale. Christine Bell added 11 digs and six aces for North (18-3, 7-0). Bryana Kekauhoa led Lawndale (8-6, 1-6) with nine kills, and Kailey Campos added eight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Mary Star recovered from a sluggish opening game and took the inside track to a CIF Southern Section girls volleyball playoff berth. The Stars rallied for a 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 Camino Real League victory Tuesday at Serra, moving into third place and tightening their grip on the league’s third and final automatic playoff berth. “We were a little off at the start, but we knew if we lost, we were not going to make the playoffs, and our girls came back strongly,” Mary Star coach Cesar Cantor said. While many high school teams canceled their matches Tuesday due to the conditions caused by the wildfires, Mary Star and Serra tried to play through it. Cantor said it took a bit of an adjustment period at the beginning for the Stars. last_img read more