By Gilbert Wandera
National coach Francis Kimanzi insists lessons learnt from a disastrous World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations campaign should be the focus instead of calls for his resignation.
Stars lost 1-0 to Namibia in a World Cup qualifier and went down by a similar margin to Togo in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.
“We have learnt some great lessons from this two losses and one of them is the need to do everything possible and win your home matches. It is obvious to us about the difficulty of winning or even collecting a point away,” he said.
“The referee appeared to have a set mind and iam glad he decided to send me off instead of one of my players otherwise we would have been humiliated on the pitch,” he said.
Regarding his fielding in both matches which has come under heavy criticism the coach said it is not fair to blame individual players without looking at the overall performance of the team.
“I cannot criticize the players that I picked myself. It is normal for player’s form to dip from time to time but overall an individual cannot affect the performance of a team,” he said.
He also sought to point out some positives in the team insisting that its defensive aspect is complete and just needs a bit of exposure.
“We are still working on the midfield and the striking force but the truth is we need more depth in the latter position. At the moment we don’t have it,” he said.
Kimanzi also dismissed calls for his resignation insisting that it will not help in anyway.