The 'Special One' says the team was beset by disciplinary issues before he took over one month ago as replacement for sacked Sammy Omollo
Matano says he is glad his strategy to crack the whip worked and now the team are in the right frame of mind to lift the title.
"The morale a was at an all time low and there were also issues in regards to discipline. This things sometimes happen especially when a coach is not firm with the players," Matano told Goal.com Kenya.
Matano said he is happy with the team's current form that has seen them win two matches in a row pointing out it gives his players a lot of confidence in regard to their title chase.
"The players have grown in confidence and their status as defending champions should be enough motivation to retain the KPL title at the end of the season."
Matano is also delighted that the team has found it's scoring touch pointing out it is a positive development. The KPL champions were struggling to score goals and bowed out of this year's regional club championships without scoring a single goal in Tanzania.
This led to the sacking of former coach Sammy Omollo and the appointment of Matano. Matano has also insisted that the league is far from being won and pointed out all the four teams can lift the trophy.
"Five matches is lot of time in football. At the moment no team is favorite to win the league as all the four top teams are capable of being champions. We are focussing on winning our matches and are not concerned by what is going on elsewhere."