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Coach Matano: Latent football talent abounds in Busia

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Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano has called on leaders in Busia county to come to the rescue of football in the region.

Matano who hails from Budalang’i terms Busia a hub of football talent that has for decades lagged behind due to perennial neglect.

“People must come out to help the sport in the region. The MCAs, the MPs and other leaders must help the teams. We have Tom Olaba, Joseph Wandera, I am there along with a few others, but we cannot actualize the dream by ourselves,” Matano said in a phone interview with TV47.

Matano who led Sofapaka to a maiden Kenyan Premier League title in 2009, just five years after its formation, notes the importance of supporting local talent.

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“If there is no support, it will be zero work, talent is there, but how will it see light? CDF should prioritize sports,” he said.

Joseph Wandera, who played for Harambee Stars in the 1980s: “Let’s come together and make a team, we have the talent.” PHOTO/ELVIS OJIAMBO

Matano’s sentiments have been echoed by former Harambee Stars goal keeper Joseph Wandera who also thinks much needs to be done to grow football in Budalang’i, and in Busia.

“If you look at KPL, Busia we are way back. I am one of the coaches, but why is Busia behind? Politics and search of leadership positions. Let’s come together and make a team, we have the talent,” Wanjala said.

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