Richard Kanyi ‘Disappointed’ To Leave Starlets

Former Harambee Starlets coach Richard Kanyi says he’s disappointed as he leaves the women’s national football team but insists he is proud of his accomplishments while in charge.

The former Thika Queens coach was reportedly redeployed to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF)’s technical department as confirmed by communications chief Barry Otieno.

“Kanyi is set to be redeployed to the federation’s technical department,” Otieno said.

Kanyi left the Starlets camp on Wednesday after a seven-month spell where he took charge of six matches, winning four, drawing and losing once.

He replaced former Sofapaka coach David Ouma on August 2017 and guided Starlets to a fourth-place finish in the 2017 Cosafa Women’s Championship held in Zimbabwe.


The experienced tactician led Kenya to whip Zambia’s She-Polopolo 3-0 in a friendly match last Sunday in his last assignment before handing back the team to Ouma ahead of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier against neighbours Uganda next month.

“I will still be available for any assistance. I respect coach Ouma (David) whom I’ve worked with for many years and whenever he needs my services, I will not hesitate. I’m disappointed to be leaving this way but I am happy with my achievements,” Kanyi told Nation Sport.

“Under my stewardship, I scouted and promoted seven young players from the junior team which is good for the future of the national team. With great support from the federation and good will from the government, Starlets can play at the World Cup soon,” added Kanyi, who will take up tan instructors’ role at the federation.

Kanyi’s record at Starlets:

Zambia 1-1 Kenya (lost 4-2 on penalties) (Cosafa)

Zimbabwe 4-0 Kenya (Cosafa)

Swaziland 0-1 Kenya (Cosafa)

Mauritius 0-11 Kenya (Cosafa)

Mozambique 2-5 Kenya (Cosafa)

Zambia 0-3 Kenya (international friendly match)


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