AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule has dismissed reports that the team’s coach Robert Matano is contemplating quitting the Ingwe den to join Tusker. Speaking to People Sport, Mule said the experienced tactician has not communicated to the team of his intention to leave and described reports of his impending departure as mere “rumours.”
“This is just idle talk. Matano is still at the helm of the team and we still have faith in him in leading the team to great heights,” said Mule. He, however, clarified that Matano who was brought on board to salvage the dwindling fortunes of Leopards still has a running contract with National Super League (NSL) side Bidco and is still open to talks with Ingwe to get a fresh contractual deal.
“Let him (Matano) sort out issues with Bidco and if he deems it fit to prematurely end his contract with the NSL side, we are ready to give him a new contract at Leopards since his input has been satisfying,” said Mule.
For the last couple of weeks, grapevine has it that Matano, who propelled Leopards to the GOtv Shield Cup two weeks ago, has been shortlisted for the Tusker job alongside former Simba FC tutor Jackson Mayanja and his fellow Ugandan Sam Timbe.
According to reports, either of the three tacticians will be supposedly contracted by Tusker to replace Ugandan George Nsimbe who is on suspension over poor results and falling out with senior players.
Ex-Kenya international Francis Baraza has been Tusker caretaker coach until the end of the season. Matano, who joined Leopards on July 10, 2017, is considered one of the most successful coaches locally having previously won the KPL title with Tusker and Sofapaka.
In the meantime, Mule has hinted that Leopards will be seeking to bolster the squad with talented players in their quest to perform well in the 2018 CAF Confederations Cup.