Robert Matano claims that AFC Leopards officials interfered with technical bench

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Matano guided AFC Leopards to a Shield Cup victory in 2017

Robert Matano now claims that interference by a section of some AFC Leopards' official led to his abrupt exit from the club in March, 2017.

Ingwe kicked the ‘Lion’ out of the Den after a poor start to the season that saw the side knocked out of the Caf Confederation Cup at the preliminary round.

But Matano would later join Tusker, who were by then languishing at 15th place in the KPL log, only to, steer them to a respectable third place.

The tactician now claims that AFC Leopards' management was not patient with him: “It was difficult working at AFC Leopards as some people tried to interfere with my work. That cannot work because if you give someone a job you should give them the freedom to do it.

“It is about being mentally prepared and knowing what you want and translating the same to the players. If you are not patient you will not build anything worthwhile.

“Unfortunately, that was not the case. There was a lot of interference and at some point, the officials seemed to know better than the coach."

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Matano also claims that AFC Leopards were broke and could not even afford to sign quality players, leading to the team’s poor performance.

“Furthermore, Leopards did not have money to recruit more players and so we had to work with what we had, but even that we still had a good side that needed time to perform,” Matano was quoted by the Standardmedia.co.ke.

Matano won the Shield Cup title with AFC Leopards in 2017.

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