Former Gor Mahia midfielder, Collins Okoth “Gattuso” has decided to retire from active football. The midfielder whose combative, relentless , battling style earned him the nickname “Gattuso” finally decided to call it quits after he was released by Sofapaka.
Okoth had joined Gor Mahia from Tusker in 2010. He was however dogged by disciplinary problems. According to then coach Zedekiah Otieno, “the player attended training when he wanted and was not ready for correction.” This led to him being suspended from the club. Aside from indiscipline,. he was accused of sabotaging the club.
He made a return in may of 2011 but clearly his disciplinary problems were never far from the surface. In April of 2012 he broke ranks with the club and announced he was leaving, citing frustrations from club officials. Weeks later he appeared repentant and wanted to return. But Kogalo now under new coach Zdvarko Logarusic would have none of it.
So Okoth was one of the players initially released by Logarusic. He joined Sofapaka during the mid year break but yet again his disciplinary problems came to the surface. Sofapaka owner Elly Kalekwa has said that Okoth was released due to lack of discipline. Okoth himself has said that he was released because he asked for his 3 months salary which is in arrears.
Okoth now wants to return to school.
“I never finished my secondary education and I want to go back and do KCSE. This will help me as I opt to find other means.”
His lack of discipline mirrors that of other players in the past whose lack of discipline brought a premature end to their careers. Veteran fans will remember winger/striker Andrew Obunga who was nicknamed “Obung Singh” because his big afro looked like the turban worn by sikhs. Obung Singh was first suspended in 1982 before being expelled from the club in 1983. He briefly joined Re-Union before going to India for further studies.
This column wishes Gattuso all the best in his future endavors.