Tusker Fc head coach Robert Matano has reiterated his desire to stay with the 13-time Kenyan Premier League champions the next, a U-turn after warning he would leave the club a week ago.
The local media has been awash with reports that Matano is apparently dispirited at the Ruaraka-based club despite steering them to a momentous second consecutive Kenyan Premier League title last Sunday —the fourth in his stellar career.
The air became rife with rumours of the gaffer’s imminent departure, following some contentious remarks he made immediately after their season-ender against Posta Rangers at Ruaraka Complex in Nairobi over the weekend.
As his charges and the rest of the technical bench took to euphoric celebration following their landmark title defence, a visibly crestfallen and grumpy Matano was venting out his profound frustrations.
He disclosed that an influential team official (name withheld) was working behind the scenes to have him fired.
“There is someone who doesn’t want me on the team. But I’m happy I finally proved him wrong by winning the title. I understand my coaching role very well and it’s not by sheer luck that I’ve won titles. I’ve mastered my job very well,” Matano said.
Matano said the official had formed a habit of castigating him each time the team’s performance fell way below expectations.
Matano also expects goalkeeper Patrick Matasi who had 18 clean sheets in the past season to stay, despite interest from a number of clubs.
“Matasi is a top class goalkeeper whose performance on the pitch will definitely attract teams. He still has a contract with us and he has not told me that he wants to move, so any team that wants his services should contact the club management,” added Matano.
The veteran coach still hopes Kenya will be readmitted to international football by FIFA in time, and allow them to feature in CAF Champions League next season.
“A coach is like a soldier any time you have to be ready to be called to task and for us we will prepare with the hope that a quick solution will be found so that we can represent the country in the continental competition,” he concluded.
Tusker accrued 63 points to win the league, edging Kakamega Homeboyz on goal difference.