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Sofapaka axe Matano

NAIROBI March 18 – Kenya Premier League champions Sofapaka have sacked coach Robert Matano.
Former KCC Uganda coach Sam Ssimbwa has been appointed the new head coach on two year contract but assistant coach Bobby Ogolla will keep his post. Ssimbwa is the Ugandan national team assistant coach.

Club president Elly Kalekwa confirmed his sacking on Thursday saying the club had opted not to renew Matano’s contract.

“We decided that we needed a new man to take charge of the team and we had to let Matano go. We thank him for the wonderful service he has given the club but it is time to move on,” he said.

The news come at the end of a tumultuous few weeks for the club during which they lost two of their last three matches amid rumours of unrest and a player revolt in the dressing room.

Matano has been missing from the bench for the last three matches due to illness and only earlier this week, it was said that he had requested for another week off to complete his recovery.

“Those problems will now be sorted because if the new head coach will put everything in order,” said Kalekwa adding, “If the leader is in control and focused, then the rest of the team will follow.”

He added that he settled on Ssimbwa based on his past record, “The new coach has achieved a lot in Uganda and he has the necessary experience of handling a club of the stature of Sofapaka. Also he has undergone training in Europe and I feel he can take us to the next level.”

Forty two year old Ssimbwa did his coaching courses in Cyprus in 1995 and Germany in 1996 and left KCC in November last year.

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The sacking represents an astonishingly downturn of fortunes for Matano who last year successfully guided the club to its maiden league crown. Known as a strict disciplinarian, Matano guided Sofapaka to winning the 2008 nationwide title to gain promotion to the premier league in 2009.

Backed by the bottomless pockets of Kalekwa, Matano brushed aside stiff competition to win the league crown.

Massive recruiting over the off season saw star players like Edgar Ochieng, Anthony Kimani, Thomas Wanyama, Laurent Tumba, and Abass Akinyemi and this is said to have been the genesis of Matano’s problems.

A poor performance against KCB saw him rip through his players accusing them of being over confident but he now seems to have lost his job to player power.



  1. Jairusmaloba

    September 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Its a question of a ready market

  2. Tkwanya

    September 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    The Canon has missed several points: 1) Is the productivity of 1/4 acre in Kiambu same as 1/4 acre in Wajir? 2) Does proximity to Nairobi have an influence on the value of the agricultural produce? The Canon’s reasoning is out of context and misleading. I thought he would say that each region of Kenya should be supported to engage economically in the most appropriate “trade”.

  3. Edsonodhiambo

    September 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    We cannot take you seriously after your blatant lies and opposition to the constitution.

  4. Anonymous

    September 6, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Laxity is plenty everywhere .. even in Kiambu. Your comment is informed by your prejudices. If you wish to help people, just do it without demeaning other communities!

  5. Anthony Kagiri Waithera's

    September 6, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Twanya the point here is enterprenuership…do somthing with what yu have… “This calls for concerted efforts. The peasant farmer, miner, pastoralist, community leaders, politicians, the elite and the State need to stand up and do something. “

  6. Anonymous

    September 6, 2011 at 6:50 am

    The fact that everyone has a right to their opinion does not warrant you base your argument on ignorance and completely missing the point on what is being said.
    Edsonodhiambo just because you did not agree on the issue of the new constitution doesnt make make what the Canon anyless true.Kenya is endowed with lots of resources that with proper stewardship as he mention will pull alot of Kenyans out of the rut of poverty that we as a people,we as a continent are in and continue to be in.JogooKimakia,The Canon merely pointed out a success story,something that has worked,he showed  that when you get out of your “Victim” mindset may be then you’ll see what he means.No one undermined any community you chose to read into non existent undertones in his views.
    Would your views apply if he’d given an example of another region..
    Fact:Kenya needs leaders,stewards who can be trusted to facilitate the exploitation and equal benefit
    from our resources.Fact:Unless we stop our pathetic and petty ethnic mindsets Kenya is going nowhere.Simple and Clear!

  7. Kilan

    September 6, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I agree with Canon. Until we critic our doing things, including attitudes, we as a country will go nowhere. In today’s (6th Sept.) Newspapers Kenyatta University had hundreds of admissions to students in various areas of study. I am not sure the education we are giving our children is socializing them sufficiently to tackle the myriad problems that we face or is a all we want are paper degrees and more. It amazes that in most communities, the younger generation is more learned but apparently less productive, less honest and focused and very selfish.  

  8. Jamsams03

    September 6, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Sir i agree with u about the question of being endowed with rich resources but my big question is ” As you criticize others what have you done as a person and as the Sec Gen of a big organization as NCCK to change the situation or more still How many times have you risen to be counted?….?????”

  9. Godfrey Kimega

    September 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    The biggest problem is the right kind of attitude among leaders. For example, the coal in Ukambani is still lying in the ground while our tea factories spend a lot of money importing oil, or contribute to deforestation by using firewood. Surely there should be a way of linking, for example, coal with tea factories in order to reduce energy costs. This is just one example but there are many others Kenyans can think of.

  10. yvonne japin

    April 28, 2013 at 5:34 am

    why this guy was deported send this guy in my country ,, i will marry him directly…

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