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Matano fired by AFC Leopards

AFC Leopards sacked coach Robert Matano with immediate effect just hours after the team had lost 1-0 to Congo United in Mombasa.

Club secretary Josphat Bukachi told SuperSport.com on Sunday evening that Matano had been sacked due to the team's poor performance in recent matches where Leopards had lost three of their last four matches, "'Our performances have been below our expectations and we have decided to try someone else and see what he can do".

Assistant coach Elliud Omukuyia will take over in the interim.

Club Chairman Alex Ole Magelo confirmed Matano's axing accusing him of bringing friction in the team. 'I'm told there was a go-slow by some players who were against Matano's style of coaching and his high handedness. In such a situation, you have to take action since the team was losing matches,” observed Magelo.

He added that the club management read sinister motive after Matano travelled alone from Nairobi to Mombasa and yet there was special travelling arrangement for the entire team, " We can't continue losing. It appears Matano had his own preferred players since the entire club is disturbed by his tendency of benching our best defender Martin Imbalambala and yet he was not injured."

"When Matano took over the team, he chased away almost the entire starting line-up. He has been working alone which I cant accept. We need unity, we need to work as a family and when it reaches a point where players don't want you, it means there is a problem,” averred Magelo.

The chairman also raised issue with the changing of match officials in their match against Congo United at the 11th hour, "We will write a protest letter on Tuesday to KPL. We want to be told why the referee was changed in the last minute. My team was denied a clear penalty and we feel there may have been something sinister behind the whole exercise.”


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