Before taking over his new duties, the 53-year-old coach said: “AFC Leopards is my club. I played for them in the eighties. I have coached there before and I’m going back to manage them again.”
He added: “I know what the club means to the fans and I will make sure we start getting good results.”
Matano has joined a struggling Leopards side that had failed to register a win in eight league matches until last Saturday.
Matano is a winner. He was won two league titles twice, once with Sofapaka in 2009 and again with Tusker in 2012.
His last work station in the top tier was at Ulinzi Stars where he led the team for three seasons.
Matano is a different calibre of coach entirely and the six months contracted he signed is not enough to make him make Leopards claw again.
To turn round the club’s fortunes, Matano requires at least one year to impose his rich experience to enrich the club as he gets used to different types of individuals in the management team who may see him as a controversial man - looking at history.
Those players who have been lazy will have to pull up their socks or face Matano’s big axe.
If Matano really wants to win the league next year he must sign a few exemplary players.
Matano will need to look for those players who are able to fit in his system and he should be given unfettered command of the technical bench and direction.
Many coaches promise things which they have not experienced, but Matano, the third coach at Leopards this year, was clear when he said he will fight to break into the top four.
Considering Ingwe’s current situation, It’s difficult to imagine they could possibly win the league, but let us join hands and give the new coach time as he embarks on his mission to return Ingwe where they belong. At the top.