The 'Lion' was at the helm of the KPL side during the title winning 2009 season, but left in a huff with the club citing 'health reasons' for his departure
Matano was at the helm of the KPL side during the title winning 2009 season, but left in a huff a few months later with the club citing 'health reasons' for his departure.
Since then, Sofapaka has witnessed a change in fortunes - experiencing a high turnover of coaches and inconsistent performances on the pitch, while Matano nicknamed the 'Special one or Lion' has since moved on, guiding Tusker to another Kenya league title this season.
"Matano ranks as our best ever coach in the club's history. No other tactician has repeated what he did (winning the league title)."
"Good thing is that we parted in good terms, we sometimes talk, regarding his return you can never say never in this industry," Kalekwa told Goal.com.
Matano could return to haunt Sofapaka when the two sides clash on Sunday in the semi-final of the FKF (domestic Cup) at Kasarani. Kalekwa believes the duel will be a delicate affair.
"We are determined to make up (for the disappointing season) by winning this match, its only 90 minutes plus possibly penalties, it will be good to win this tournament (FKF Cup) and I believe the players are equally ready for the task."
Gor Mahia will take on rivals AFC Leopards in the first semi-final on Saturday at the same venue. Both matches will be televised live by pay TV channel Supersport.