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CECAFA Cup: Anyau no longer a joker

By Vision Reporter

Added 18th January 2007 03:00 AM

FANS claim he is the most animated soccer coach in Uganda. He may well be the most dramatic in the whole world. Frank Anyau’s antics on the bench earned him the nickname ‘video’.

By Swalleh Kenyi

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FANS claim he is the most animated soccer coach in Uganda. He may well be the most dramatic in the whole world. Frank Anyau’s antics on the bench earned him the nickname ‘video’.

If there wasn’t much to celebrate about his football tactics, you would at least enjoy the sight of him giving players all kinds of instructions using bizarre signals.

While it was all a joke a few years ago, fans of St.George and Vital’O are not smiling in Kigali.

The ‘comedian’ ejected them in the ongoing CECAFA club championships as Uganda Revenue Authority bulldozed its way to the final.

Anyau is a flamboyant tactician who combines drama with motivation to achieve the best from a team. He earned his reputation helping teams get promotion to the Super League from the First Division and was a constant figure at the mini-leagues.

Hard-man, defensive football are his trade-marks, and he enjoys giant-killing.
Anyau’s highlight was in 1993 when he guided Dairy FC past SC Villa 1-0, defeated Express FC 2 -1 in the Kakungulu Cup semi-final before losing by a lone goal in the final to Kampala City Council.

He has also been at Express FC, where he started off as a fitness trainer, at Kampala United, Victors and Mbale Heroes. He has since been assistant coach of the Cranes before guiding the national U-20 team to the CECAFA title in Burundi, last year.

Needless to say, at URA, Anyau has capitalised on the tax body’s incentives to players. Fans claim he is not tactically aware, but simply a motivator, an accusation he disputes.

“Many people say that untrained coaches cannot make good tacticians but they forget that coaching is also a talent,” Anyau argues.

One thing there is no dispute about, is that the tall dark-skinned Anyau is the smartest Ugandan coach.

He always dons a suit, gold chain, gold watch with a gold false tooth and claims to have 500 neckties in his wardrobe. Soroti-born Anyau speaks fluent Luganda.

Anyau’s first priority as a coach in the league has always been to avoid relegation and will not talk of winning a title.

At the CECAFA club championships in Rwanda, Anyau’s target was to reach the semis. APR now know he is not joking, and, that he intends to return tomorrow with the title.

CECAFA Cup: Anyau no longer a joker

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