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Kenya's Soccer Coach Seeks Extension of His Contract
    2008-10-16 15:57:53     Xinhua

Kenya's soccer coach Francis Kimanzi said he is still available to coach Kenya in the final group phase of qualification of the 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nation if he agrees to terms with soccer officials.

"I first need to do an evaluation with the stakeholders then the next part should be who takes on the job. But it is too early for me to jump into the continuation of the assignment without meeting the people who are in charge of the game's administration, "Kimanzi said, according to the Daily Nation newspaper on Thursday.

"We have come to a situation where it is very difficult to handle both (club and country). The next group is very tough. Somebody has to handle this team at this moment," Kimanzi said.

Kimanzi successfully guided the team through the first group stage with three wins, one draw and two losses to end his six-match World Cup qualification agreement with the KFF and Kenyan Premier League.

Kenya lost 2-3 to Guinea in the final qualifier of the group but still managed to advance as one of the best eight runners-up.

"Kenya should start preparations now and not tomorrow. If you look at the teams that have qualified, they are not teams that you cannot beat they are teams you need a lot of preparations for," said Kimanzi.

Kimanzi, who arrived with the first batch of the squad early Wednesday, praised the team for showing composure even after conceding three goals.

"The fact that we came from three goals down to score twice and be in control of the game shows the players had a lot of composure considering that they were playing away," he said.



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