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Ulinzi’s Matano gets support from Fidelity Insurance

FOOTBALL By Gilbert Wandera | September 21st 2016
ROBERT MATANO FUNDS Kenya football coaches chair Ricky Solomon and Fidelity Insurance's Nicholas Malesi to Robert Matano's two wives Caroline and Rosemary

Robert Matano’s medical kitty has received a big boost from Fidelity Insurance after a donation of Sh50,000 was received yesterday.

The coach is battling a kidney ailment that has become very expensive to treat and well-wishers have stepped in to assist.

The insurance company is the sponsor of the Coach of the Month Awards.

Fidelity’s Development Officer Nicholas Malesi gave the donation to Matano’s two wives, Caroline and Rosemary, at Ligi Ndogo grounds in Nairobi.

Rosemary said they were grateful for the donation, pointing out that it would go a long way in meeting the medical expenses.

“Already, the bill is hefty but this contribution will go a long way in helping us cope as a family,” she said.

A major fundraiser will be held on October 5 at 680 Hotel to help offset an outstanding medical bill as well as enable Matano to go to India for advanced treatment.

“We urge well-wishers to turn up in large numbers and contribute generously towards the October 5 fundraiser.”

Speaking at the same venue, Ricky Solomon, who chairs the Kenya Football Coaches Association (KEFOCA), thanked Fidelity Insurance for their donation even as he urged other organisations to assist.

He also  announced that KEFOCA was pushing for all coaches to have a medical cover from next season to help them when they get sick.

“This is a career and it must be respected. We want to thank Fidelity for their contribution and urge other companies to emulate them," he said.

"Having said that, we have already passed it in our executive committee meeting that starting next year, all clubs must provide their coaches with a medical cover."

”We do not want our coaches to face Matano's experience. In addition, we have also agreed on better terms for coaches and clubs must be prepared to meet them. We are not backing down on this.”

Elsewhere, Posta Rangers take on Agro-Chemicals in a quarter-final match of the GOtv Shield tournament today. The match will be played at Nyayo Stadium and the winner will play Tusker in the semi-finals.

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