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Robert Matano shares update on Tusker future

Tusker coach Robert Matano says he will remain at the club for another season.

This despite numerous offers coming his way in recent times.

Matano who was won three league titles with the Brewers, including back to back, endured a somewhat disappointing season with the Ruaraka based club in the just concluded season.

After what was a promising start, Tusker lost the league and domestic cup titles to Gor Mahia and Kakamega Homeboyz respectively on the final day of the respective campaigns.

Tusker lost 1-0 to Kakamega Homeboyz in the MozzartBet Cup finals, just a week after losing the FKF-PL title to champions Gor Mahia on the last day with just a deficit of one point.

However, the 59 year-old experienced gaffer revealed to Nairobi News he met with the club top brass on July 5, 2023, and agreed that he will steer the team for another season.

“It is true I had received many offers not only from Bandari, but from other sides within and outside Kenya. You know I’m the Lion. However, we had a meeting with the management of Tusker and I will be with the team next season. It is always my joy to coach this team,” said Matano.

He clarified that at no time did he say he will be leaving the club, saying even though the team finished without a trophy last season, he is proud of what his players achieved.

“There is no time I said I would be leaving Tusker. However, it is wrong to say we performed dismally, yet we lost the league by just a point and made it to the MozzartBet finals. My focus is now preparing the team to challenge for titles next season,” he added.

Matano, arguably the most successful local coach with four league titles to his name, revealed that the team will hit camp from Monday next week as he bids to add another league title to those he won at Tusker and Sofapaka.

He also revealed that after two weeks from now, the club will have made its mind on the players to be retained for next season and those who will leave.

Matano has had two stints with Tusker, the first being in 2012-2013 and the second one being 2018-2022. Among other awards he has won was the FKF Cup with AFC Leopards in 2017 and 2005 and he was also the coach of the year in 2009 and 2020/21 season.

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