Gor Mahia’s loss to Congo United did not come as a complete shock to most fans. The club had been playing poorly scoring less than one goal per game for the last month or so. The only time KOgalo was able to find the net regularly was against lower tier teams like Kapenguria and West Kenya Sugar. Opposing coaches brazenly bragged about knowing exactly how to beat Kogalo. It has become obvious that there were problems on the technical side of the team. Gone is flowing inter-passing play that characterized the club’s matches last year. Now the team resorted to innefectual long balls. The technical bench it is apparent has run out of ideas and was unable to adapt when other teams figured out how to stop them. The mark of a good coach is being able to read opponents and adapt to the current situation. There was also the fielding which was questionable at best. Rumours are abounding that coach Zico uses questionable decision making when choosing the starting lineup. The loss to Congo United was thus the straw the broke the camel’s back. During the match, chants of “Zico must go” rent the air. After the match , some fans reacted by throwing stones. Others confronted coach Zico and held him hostage. Some simply left the stadium early and in disgust.
The Nation reports that Tom Ataro has called for the resignation of Ambrose Rachier. “How can we keep losing every weekend? “This is unacceptable. How can we keep losing every weekend?” lamented Ataro, who said all Gor Mahia branches have called on the resignation of both the chairman, Ambrose Rachier, and Otieno; else they will be hounded out of office. “No amount of ‘sweet-talking’ will stop the club members from seeking comprehensive changes in the club,” went on Ataro.In the wake of all this, current and former officials have asked for calm.
According to Supersport, Former Gor Mahia Chairman Fred Mwango has called on fans to remain calm and allow the current executive committee led by Ambrose Rachier to finish its term. Mwango defended Rachier who is the KPL vice `Chairman for steering the team to greater heights. “He has done quite a commendable job since he took over and we should appreciate the role he has played. I plead with the entire Gor Mahia fraternity to rally behind him and the team because winning and losing is part of the game,” said Mwango. Mwango also defended coach Zico saying he had done a commendable job and that introducing mid season changes when Kogalo still had a chance to win the league would be an ill-advised move.
Coach Zico for his part says he is not ready to concede defeat. According to the standard, Otieno, has has not lost the dressing room as it is said to enjoy the support of most players.
According to Michezoafrika, Gor Mahia’s assistant secretary Ronald Ngala said they have not made any changes to their technical bench and that Zico is still the head coach. However, the officials said they have listened to the burning concerns raised by their fans and are working to address the issue urgently and with immediate effect. “The fans have raised concerns over the performance of the team and we are working on addressing their concerns urgently. We are very disturbed as well by the poor performance in the recent past and we are also very concerned. We however call on the fans to remain patient as we seek to solve the issue permanently.” Said Ronald Ngala Gor Mahia’s Assistant secretary.
“Our main concern at this point in time is to focus on how the team will win all their remaining matches.” Added Ngala.
Gor Mahia have now slipped to 8 points behind league leaders Tusker, who along with Soafapaka and UIlinzi are rounding up into good form at the right moment. It remains to be seen whether KPL or Supersport will introduce sanctions against the clun for hooliganism.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that Former Rangers Fc assistant coach Michael Nam has been approached by Gor Mahia for a possible coaching role at the club. Said nam: “They approached me for talks but we have not reached any agreement yet and nothing can be confirmed.”
Nam is credited with steering former league side Agro Chemical from ninth position to second in the Nationwide League standings, now only a point shy of leaders KRA and with a match in hand. Nam has an impressive coaching history in Kenya. He holds an international coaching diploma from University of Sports in Hungary in Brazilian coaching methodology. He also holds a British coaching license level 2 under FA and a UEFA advanced foundation course.FKL campaign mode and address the fires burning at the club more clearly.
What is clear is that the current situation is untenable. At this rate, attendance which has been riding high will plummett and the club risks loosing its sponsorship both due to loosing matches and due to hooliganism. Dejected fans will stop travelling to away games in large numbers as has become the norm. Its is therefore imperative that changes are made. What is also clear is that chairman Ambrose Rachier must get out of FKL campaign mode and address the burning issues more clearly. You cannot take fans for granted. Only 4 years ago, Kogalo played home games to a half empty city stadium. Recent history can easily repeat itself.