Former Uganda Cranes coach Bobby Williamson is among several European coaches who have expressed interest in coaching Kenyan Premier League giants Gor Mahia.
Williamson, who steered Uganda to four East and Central Africa Senior Challenge title in five years, has communicated to Gor Mahia through an agent and the club is considering him among several others who have forwarded their testimonials.
Williamson had several succesful years with the Cranes before being fired after the loss to Liberia. Before that, he had coached Hibernian in the Scottish premier league. He had also expressed interest in the Harambee Stars job before Adel Amrouche was hired.
According to Gor Mahia secretary general George Bwana, others who want to coach Gor Mahia are Serbians Damilo Doncic, Momcilo Medic and Zoran Pefic, Irishman Amrore Oghenerwede Zion and Englishman Dave Booth. This according to the Daily Nation
“We know our fans want an experienced foreign coach. It is also our desire to get a qualified coach who will be a worthy replacement of Logarusic if not better,” said George Bwana in an interview with the Nation.
Bwana says they will look at all the CVs objectively and will not favour any of the individuals.
“There are issues of what it will cost us to employ the coach, language and experience. We want one who will command respect from the players in the same manner Logarusic did and also bring in the desired results. Our fans should remain patient.”
Bwana also flatly denied that they had approached Sam Ssimbwa. “It is not true that we have talked to him. At the moment everyone is trying to use our name to gain mileage. What I can say is that the search for a new coach is in top gear. We are receiving applications and hope to complete the signing soon,” said Bwana.
Lule roots for Bobby
Meanwhile Bobby Ogolla has received support from another Kogalo legend, Nahashon Oluoch Lule who has asked the club to elevate Bobby Ogolla to head coach on a permanent basis.
“He has deputised Logaruzic for a year and his (Ogolla) productivity and track record will determine whether to continue coaching or not. But he should be given a chance to prove himself,” Lule told The Standard.
However Lule may lack objectivity on this subject given that the two played together and are probaby friends. Secondly a club of Gor Mahia’s magnitude should not be a proving ground as Lule says. There is far too much at stake.