José Marcelo Ferreira aka Ze Maria popularly known as Ze Maria was on Tuesday introduced as the new Kogalo coach. Flanked by the club chairman, players and other officials, Ze Maria, the Brazilian tactician espoused his passion for the game.
“I am Brazilian, therefore I love this game and I will try to transport this passion to Gor Mahia players and return the team for his place, first place” he said in stuttering English.
Well the good news is that he can communicate in English at a level that is good enough.
In a previous interview Ze maria noted that he recognized the previous success of the team
“You won the Championship last year, so my goal is to win again this year, then go to the Champions league and win that as well”. he said
Chairman Ambrose Rachier noted that Ze Maria has previously worked with famous coaches like Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Carlo Ancelloti at Inter Milan. He explained what qualifications the club was looking for while taking a side swipe at previous coach Frank Nuttall.
“We were looking for a person from a professional background so that he can instill professionalisnm to this team. And trust me when I say we will not have a repeat of what happened in the past” said Rachier.
Ze Maria who holds maria holds a UEFA Pro license has a tall order in lifting the team out of its malaise. The team has not won a single game in eight attempts this season. First things first, Ze Maria will need to learn about his players.
“I have come to try as much as possible and help this great team, definitely I will try to help the team win the championship, that is the main target. I will have to first know the team, get basic information which will guide me. But I believe that it will be a good venture and the team will manage to defend the league title.” he said.
His first test will be away to Kakamega Homeboyz this Saturday at Mumias Complex.
As a side note, the journalists forgot to ask him if he knows fellow Brazilian Giovanni Rodriguez Bissolli who once tried out for Kogalo.
The Italian trainer Sandro Fantoni was also at the press conference and noted that he was here to follow his dreams.
“I come here for follow dreams and after that the results will speak for themselves”
With Fantoni flanking Ze Maria, it is not clear what the fate of current Gor Mahia physical trainer, Nduta Maina will be. Gor Mahia