AFC Leopards' return to winning ways after a nine - game lull coincided with new coach Robert Matano's start to his second stint at the club and with the main target being to life Leopards from the bottom half of the log the two time league winner has cautioned against interference from the management.
Matano, who handled the club briefly in 2010, takes over from Briton Stewart hall after momentary uncertainty at the team had Romanian Dorian Marin take charge for two weeks and his magic rubbed in immediately with a 1 - 0 win over Bandari FC on Saturday 15 July.
Roped in after a troubled stint at Nairobi City Stars before flirting with Bidco United, Matano, who led Sofapaka to the 2009 league title and repeated the feat with Tusker in 2012, said after the Bandari game that he will not hesitate to hand in his resignation should he experience interference from the management.
“The club leaders must know that a coach is a coach and if there is no interference from them I will do my work perfectly. I am here to do my work so if anyone thinks he will decide for me on how to carry out my duty I will duly walk away,” Matano said.
The win brewed good hope in the coach as he settles in and while the team is placed 11th in the 19 - team log, he is confident matters will improve well in the next few weeks.
“I think the win is all the team needed to kick on and we now have it. It is a good beginning for me and the team and we hope that we can go on this way as we head into the season. The title is not yet decided so we will give our all to ensure that we finish in the best position possible,” he added.
Matano's charges next take on bogey team Western Stima in the next league assignment and the coach will be seeking to build on the Saturday win at Mbaraki.