AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano speaks on phone during the team's training at Machakos Stadium on October 19, 2017 ahead of their GOtv Shield finals against Kariobangi Sharks. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano speaks on phone during the team's training at Machakos Stadium on October 19, 2017 ahead of their GOtv Shield finals against Kariobangi Sharks. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU
By DAVID KWALIMWA

AFC Leopards coach Robert Matano has rubbished claims that he invokes ‘witchcraft’ to win football matches.

The veteran trainer made the comment – the first time he has done so publicly – during an exclusive interview with the Sunday Nation.

“Watch the people who say I consult witch doctors because they might be the ones who believe in such,” said Matano.

“How else would one be so sure?” he posed.

“People say it’s (my success is) about ‘juju’ but the truth is that I’m different because I combine my experience both as a coach and a former player.”

WITCHCRAFT

“Here when you answer or make a call during a game, they say you are using witchcraft. Witchcraft through the phone?”

What however cant be disputed is Matano’s track record as a successful coach.

His career spans three decades, a time which he’s been in charge of 18 clubs.

In his own words, he’s yet to walk out of a club without winning silverware save for that stint at Ulinzi Stars between 2014 and 2016.

He’s also won league titles with Tusker and Sofapaka, and also managed to help seven teams (including Sofapaka) gain promotion to the SportPesa Premier League.

His latest piece of silverware is the GOtv Shield title which he helped AFC Leopards win against Kariobangi Sharks last week.