Kenyan champions Gor Mahia have started their search for a new coach after cutting ties with Brazilian coach Roberto Oliveira barely two months after his appointment.
Oliveira was barred from sitting on the bench during the club’s CAF Champions League preliminary round tie against Rwanda’s APR over the issue of qualifications. The Football of Kenya Federation then adopted a similar stance, forcing Gor Mahia to let go of the 60-year-old.
The club’s CEO Raymond Oruo confirmed the development, saying it was due to challenges on his paperwork.
“He (Oliveira) is back home. We will update you on the development,” confirmed Oruo.
Oliveira, who replaced Briton Steven Polack in October, also confirmed the setback insisting he and the club had agreed to amicably end his contract.
“I travelled home after agreeing with the club that we end my contract because of the issues involving my coaching credentials. I would have loved to continue with my coaching duties but I had no option but to leave,” said Oliveira.
He added that it was sad that he could not coach in the continental club competition yet he did that before with Rayon Sports in Rwanda.
“I think my issues arose because of the bad blood between the federation and Gor Mahia. I am a qualified and experienced coach and my credentials have never been questioned before,” said Oliveira, who has 25 years experience as a coach.
K’Ogalo had to depend on the services of Posta Rangers’ coach Sammy Omollo, pictured below, in their Caf Champions League preliminary stage match against APR. The Kenyan giants are now courting Omollo to take over on a permanent basis after he guided them to a 4-3 win on aggregate.
They visit Algeria’s CR Belouizdad in the competition’s first round matches next Tuesday for the first leg tie, with the return leg scheduled for January 5 in Nairobi.
Gor Mahia assistant coach Patrick Odhiambo was the man in charge in the dugout for their opening match of the 2020/2021 FKF-PL, where they beat Ulinzi Stars 1-0 at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday. He is also expected to lead them when they visit Tusker on Wednesday in another league match.
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