Matano: Dialysis is very expensive, please help me
Veteran football coach Robert Matano summed up his current medical condition on Wednesday night by stating; “I really miss my job”.
The trainer, who is battling kidney failure, spoke during a fundraiser in aid of his medical expenses at a Nairobi hotel.
Close to Sh1.1 million out of the Sh5 million was collected at the function, which was graced by among others politicians, sports administrators, coaches, journalists, family, friends and well wishers.
The Ulinzi Stars coach is scheduled to undergo exploratory surgery at the Mater Hospital in Nairobi on Monday before proceeding to India for further treatment in a few weeks’ time.
“I miss my job, I need to walk, I am no longer a lion but just a cat, I can’t manage the bills. That is why I called out to you people, dialysis is very expensive and I need the money. I am begging the public to help me,” a frail looking Matano told a hushed audience.
Speaking at the event, Kenya Football Coaches Associations (KEFOCA) chairman Ricky Solomon announced the body is in the process of setting up a rule that will ensure all coaches are handed medical cover by their respective employers starting next season, as part of their terms of engagement.
Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa who was the chief guest at this function, also promised to spearhead a policy that will ensure football clubs earn more revenue. “This will ensure coaches and players are well taken care off,” said Mwendwa.