Matano: it’s time for coaches to evolve

  • The top-flight coaches have come up with the idea to unite all the Kenyan coaches. They have formed another association that will rival the 1972 Kenya Football Coaches Association(Kefoca), which they termed as ineffective in addressing the coaches’ welfare.
Robert Matano

A row in Kenyan football has been widening after Tusker coach Robert Matano and his Bandari counterpart Twahir Muhiddin formed a new coaches’ body, the Kenya National Football Coaches Association (Kenfoca), to rival the (Kefoca).

With the Kenyan football at a crossroads, following FIFA recently rejected a ruling by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) on nullifying Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections for the second time. This has happened within three months. The football coaches are charting an alternative union to try and maybe save the Kenyan soccer.

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The idea of forming Kenfoca was developed from a fundraising group for the funeral expenses of the late coach Henry Omino where a total of Sh168, 000 was collected. This coach association (Kenfoca) has so far registered over 170 members drawn from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), National Super League (NSL) and other lower-tier leagues,

It is understood that some have already registered elite coaches include Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi, Zedekiah Otieno (KCB) Anthony Kimani (AFC Leopards), Francis Baraza (Biashara United-Tanzania) and Mike Mururi (Sofapaka assistant coach).

According to Matano, who is the interim chairman and assisted by Muhiddin with James Saisi serving as the treasurer, Kenfoca is a non-political body whose main priority is to empower coaches and fight for their welfare.


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“There have been no developments at Kefoca and nothing for coaches to benefit from since the late James Siang’a, Marshall Mulwa and Chris Makokha ( The pioneers) left the association,” Matano said.

“Interestingly players’ association (Kefwa) has grown better than us coaches who manage them. We don’t have a platform with any sound management,” Matano added

“This idea came up during Omino’s funeral. The coaches unanimously agreed instead of fighting with people who are benefiting through this confusion, we leave Kefoca and create Kenfoca. We are already in the process of registering Kenfoca and forming a Sacco,” Matano concluded.

As the football remain suspended to aid curb the coronavirus, Kenfoca might get an opportunity to develop and become one of the big coaches association in Kenya.

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