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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 Anyauâ€™s antics on the bench earned him the nickname â€˜videoâ€™.
If there wasnâ€™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 Vitalâ€™O are not smiling in Kigali.
The â€˜comedianâ€™ 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.
Anyauâ€™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 bodyâ€™s incentives to players. Fans claim he is not tactically aware, but simply a motivator, an accusation he disputes.
â€œMany people say that untrained coaches cannot make good tacticians but they forget that coaching is also a talent,â€ 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.
Anyauâ€™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, Anyauâ€™s target was to reach the semis. APR now know he is not joking, and, that he intends to return tomorrow with the title.
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