Hassan Oktay has resigned

It is now official. Gor Mahia’s Turkish coach Hassan Oktay has resigned his position.

Additional reporting from the Standard

“Kindly accept my resignation as Gor Mahia FC head coach effective today [August 6], the sixth day of August 2019. As you are aware, the decision has been forced on me by the personal challenges I am facing here in Europe,” Oktay said.

The announcement comes as a shocker as the Turkish-Cypriot had initially asked for six days off and travelled to his native country Turkey for family issues.

Oktay has, however, thanked the club for the opportunity they gave him to manage the Kenyan football giants.

“I wish to thank you and the entire club, including the fans for the opportunity you accorded me to manage this great club. I also wish you guys all the best in your forthcoming assignments.” The Turkish-Cypriot added.

The club has accepted Oktay’s resignation and thanked him for his services.

“The club has accepted Oktay’s wish to terminate his contract and thanks to him for his services. The club also prays for Oktay’s situation to get better,” the club confirmed.

Oktay took over K’Ogalo in December 2018 to succeed Dylan Kerr, who had also resigned from his position after only one season.

The resignation of the tactician is a huge blow to the KPL champions who have also had their assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno leave the club to join KCB as their head coach.

Gor has also lost their key players to other clubs who were pivotal to their KPL glory last week.

Attacking midfielder Francis Kahata joined Simba SC, striker Jacques Tuyisenge left for Petro Atletico while their then captain Harun Shakava recently left for Zambian side Nkana FC.

Oktay parts ways with K’Ogalo after just one season in charge and helping the club lift their 18th KPL title.

22 thoughts on “Hassan Oktay has resigned

  1. We have had fairly good luck with British coaches, I would vouch for them any time, let this Polack come on. In any case he seems to have good grounding on African football, could be handy with CAF engagements. Somebody, in the previous post, saying Rachier should go should also tell us who should come, ama stop payukaring.

  2. I want to wish our immediate former coach best of luck in his future engagements. I pray that his parents get well soon so that he can embark once again on his work of coaching. You were a good coach and to the eyes of the untrained, you were just an ordinary human being. Best of wishes coach Hassan Oktay. May the Lord bless us with a very good coach that we can comfortably afford to pay. ADOR will just do fine as he has in the past in bringing a successor to Oktay. Please remember we do not want any local coach. We are beyond them.

  3. I welcome this resignation with both arms. For Steven Polack, I hope we don’t tread the Bobby Williamson path one more time.

  4. I honor coach Hassan Oktay and want to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU for leading Gor Mahia to an 18th title.

    GOD minister MUCH GRACE and Restoration to your parents.
    Best of luck Hassan

  5. A word of thanks to coach Hassan Oktay…he had passion for the club ,but sometimes there are unbearable conditions in this life..

  6. So Sofapaka have now released Dennis Odhiambo Omino! The same player who captained the team that TZ eliminated the over the weekend. Speaks volumes Sebastian Minyo. I can bet he will be Gor Mahia’s next new signing.

  7. thanx bwana oktay.most people gave u a passmark of 45% but thank god u 75%.i know u will succeed with whatever team u will coch next.did this polack reach ccc semis last season ?

  8. @BB…is our transfer window still open?and if indeed he signs for us, whom do you see him dislodging in our current midfield?

    1. Hehehe in K’Ogalo anything is possible. Remember he has been described in this site as Ngolo Kante. He falls in the category of players who only accept to play for Gor Mahia in their twilight years to gain relevance and find something to tell their grandchildren one day. You know the “I played for K’Ogalo”!

  9. To Oktay I want to say thank you as well for the great services you offered to Gor with all your heart and commitment. You came in at a difficult time and am so sorry that you had to go due to a difficult time within your family. May the Lord God Almighty bring healing to your parents. You have also shown by example how to leave not just waking up and saying am gone. Thank you for pushing our club to a level you did. This will always remain in our hearts. To Rachier, we also pray for you and your Team. That God shall give you wisdom in getting a good Coach who will fit in with our budget and who will have the team at heart.

    1. I think there is some market where these coaches are auctioned just like coffee that someone alluded to in the previous article. Highest bidder or lowest asking price? How about that for quality?

  10. The truth is that Coaches are always available. Almost 10 coaches were relieved of their jobs or resigned after AFCON. The problem is to get the right one to fit your team and finances

  11. Thank u oktay aka oktal for ua love, dedication, belief and outright passion u gave our team. U turned out to be one of the best though for such a short while. Taking the team to the quater-final of caf cc proved u had the capability, knack and ambition to take the team to grater heights. U were targeting the semis if it were not for the players and officials shooting themselves on the foot infamously. Hope whoever succeeds u emulate ua quality. U’ll always occupy a fond place in our memories. May things get well for u.

  12. Imediate former CEO safaricom passed on and even before being intered there was a replacement to avoid creating a vacuum so what’s been done in GOR is not exceptional. I wish Oktay all the best wherever he’ll be and also wish all the best to the incoming coach and he should take the team to a much higher level than Oktay did. What has been happening that Lokuwan can’t be included in the list of players destined to play in CAF CHAMPIONS? I know the current squad we have is much stronger and better than the one we had in the last season. Backline I don’t think we’ll miss Shakava in midfield alittle we’ll miss Wanyambura Kahata in striking those brought on board will do the work even much better than Tuisenge once they jell well and with team work coz he Tuisenge used to be alone striker. TEAM CHALNI OCHIEK.

  13. We need a coach/office who can win more than the league. A local double or treble, a CECAFA title are long overdue while a CAF title is achievable and should not be a pipe dream. Let’s try out a non local African coach who can bring in that extra / special talent to give us that added advantage. Gor Mahia should be able to retain a good coach for 3/4 years for club to move to the next higher level.

    1. Le Pastre says:
      August 6, 2019 at 8:20 pm
      For the upteenth time may I remind bloggers that there is no one by the name Jasego who is an official of Gor Mahia. Those in the know are quietly working behind the scenes to make things move. Sijatusi mtu!!!

  14. @ojomondi I agree with you 100%.but we are Kenyans.. very gullible and easy to fool. Nothing here said by him is out of the ordinary. In fact most if not everything is usually in the public domain. Don’t go too far off, look at what he said about the transfers vis a vie what we got.. total hogwash!!

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