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19 Apr 17

Ze Maria after being award the Sports Journalists Award

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria became the first coach in 2017 season to be awarded the coach of the month award.  He was the only coach to record two victories during the month. He  was awarded Tuesday morning by Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) and award sponsors Fidelity Insurance.  Other candidates were Paul Nkata of Bandari and Sammy Omollo “Pamzo” of Posta Rangers.

This is the second time Ze Maria has won the award. He also won in October 2016. The award comes with a Ksh 75,000 cash prize.

Ze Maria dedicated the award to his players:

“My players know my philosophy: to win every match and for this I dedicate the award to them for the good job they did. In the two games we played in March, they were excellent because we faced tough teams in Sharks and Zoo,” said Ferreira to the Nation.

The Brazilian tactician noted that the club had already won one trophy and is going for three more to make up for 2016 which was a trophyless season for Kogalo.

“I am happy because we are on the right track this year. We have one trophy already, the Super Cup and we want three more. We have good players this season that are going to do a good job for us. It’s a good mixture of the experienced and young players,”  he said.

Skipper Musa Mohamed attributed the club’s success to confidence instilled by Ze Maria

You can see we are playing with confidence which he has instilled in us. Every player is confident on the pitch and for sure his presence will be key to achieving our target this year,”  said Mohamed to the Nation.

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5 Feb 17

Following the less than stellar display in the 2017 pre-season matches, Gor Mahia are set to assess the technical bench with a view towards possibly making changes. According to a report on goal.com, Chairman Ambrose Rachier is a concerned man.

“We are going to plan on how to participate in the season. We’ll have a committee meeting next week to finalize on everything including changes in the technical bench (if there will be any).” said Rachier to goal.com

Gor Mahia have lost every pre-season game. Granted that they have been playing against difficult opposition. Onduparaka are in the middle of their season and Al Hilal are preparing for the champions league. But the loss to Thika United is difficult to explain.

Many Kogalo fans are not convinced by Ze Maria. Rachier himself stated last season that the team lost the league due to too many draws. This is the longest that Ze Maria has lasted in any team as a coach. He coached teams in the Italian third tier but those gigs lasted less than a year as did his stint with a top Romanian side.

In addition to Ze Maria, the Kogalo technical bench has other foreigners namely assistant coach Marco Aurellio from Brazil and trainer Sandro Fantoni who is Italian.

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23 Jan 17

Ottamax in his playing days with former Gor Mahia striker Tom Odhiambo during a stopover in London

Gor Mahia’s goalkeeping coach Mathew Ottamax Owino, is in hot water again. This time he has been formally suspended by the club.

Club official Judith Nyangi confirmed to goal.com that Ottamax did not make the Sudan trip due to the suspension.

“The coach complained on his (Ottamax) behavior of coming to work while smelling alcohol, a thing which resulted to his suspension. He was not available when we played Al Hilal in Sudan and will not be available when we play Onduparaka in Uganda.” she said.

Last year Ottamax was at odds with Ze Maria over a different issues. At the time it was reported that he had beeen fired by Ze Maria. Upon learning of the decision, Ottamax went on social media to rant about Ze Maria’s perceived incompetence.

The decision to fire Ottamax was reveresed by the club EC at the time.

This time Ottamax has taken a more calm demeanor, posting only one benign sentence on his social media pages which read”

“The more NANYAMAZA the more naona NIKIUMIZWA…..”

Ottamax is a former goalkeeper for Re Union FC, Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Harambee stars. He made his national league debut while still in secondary school.

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16 Nov 16

Gor Mahia coach Jose Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira was voted Kenya Premier League’s coach of the Month for October. He was selected ahead of Tusker’s Paul Nkata and Sofapaka’s John Baraza.

Gor Mahia had a good run in the month of October, reviving their KPL title aspirations by beating Mathare United and arch rivals AFC Leopards 2-0.

This was after a run of poor results that saw Gor Mahia record numerous draws with teams like Sofapaka that put paid to their league title hopes.

Ze Maria had been under harsh criticism from many quarters who wanted him out at the end of the year with many clamouring that if a new Chairman is elected, his first task should be to bring back coach Frank Nuttall. But the  late run may has assuaged many fans. Indeed he may have won the league had it not been for 3 points being deducted for hooliganism. As a result, Ze Maria will likely be back in 2017.

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6 Sep 16

Speculation has been rife that Gor Mahia’s Brazilian tactician, Ze Maria could be shown the door soon. This comes after a series of poor results in the Kenya Premier League and most notably in the GoTV shield where Gor Mahia were eliminated by second tier side Nzoia United. Arch rivals AFC Leopards who were also eliminated from the GoTV shield and promptly jettisoned their Belgian coach Kim Minnaert. However club official Ronald Ngala has said that no discussion of the coach’s status has happened.
“The coach (Jose Marcelo) is with us and at the moment he is here to stay. Just like any other person, he is concerned about the team’s form and we understand he has been trying to work so hard but results are not coming,” said Ngala to the Standard.

Ngala did say that the club Executive Committee is concerned about the run of poor results and is monitoring the situation closely.

“With the current form, you will hear a lot of things about the team, but when the results start coming they will die. Nobody has given him an ultimatum, but we are trying to do everything possible to ensure the team gets back to its winning ways,” Ngala continued.

The current run of poor results has puzzled many fans. When Ze Maria joined, the club was very close to the relegation zone. However with the recovery from injury of Tuyisenge, the club shot straight to the top of the standings. But since then it has been downhill. Suddenly Tuyisenge who was on a scoring spree can no longer find the net. Kagere’s form from 2015 is all but a memory. One explanation is that with Khalid Aucho gone, the midfield has lost an important ball winner and passer. But that alone cannot explain the current run of poor form.

Another explanation is that When Ze Maria arrived, he injected new tactics which caught many teams by surprise, resulting in good results. But teams have now adapted to those tactics and have figured out how to defend against the system. The mark of a great coach is the ability to adapt and change tactics from game to game and from situation to situation. When one playing style is not working, its up to the coach to change and adapt new tactics.

Ze Maria has had almost two weeks and now has five more days to show some improvement. The next match is against Chemelil at Nyayo stadium on Saturday. Later this month, Gor Mahia will face Ulinzi and arch rivals AFC Leopards.

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18 May 16

Nuttall with Zdravko Logarusic who was also a handful for Kogalo officials to deal with

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has hinted at havinga  difficult relationship with former coach Frank Nuttall.

“I am happy he left Gor,” said Rachier to the Standard.

“We wish him well in his future endeavours, but the truth is that Nuttall gave me hell at Gor, we were never at peace working with him. He did not tell us when he was leaving, like a thief, he left at night without notice,” added Rachier.

Rachier further went on to say that Nuttall was the most difficult employee he has had to deal with. Which is saying a lot considering that he also had to deal with Zdravko Logarusic.

Matters came to a head when Nuttall stormed into Rachier’s office demanding his back pay.

The chairman recalled the events that led to Nuttall’s sudden departure.

“It was during a postmortem, after falling miserably to Ingwe, that a local journalist called in to inform us that Nuttall was already in Cairo, Egypt and had signed a contract with the former African champions. It was a big embarrassment to the club and the entire board of executives.

Rachier however neglects to mention that Nuttall worked under difficult financial situations yet he kept players and staff motivated. And asking a coach to take a 50% pay cut is not reasonable.

Nuttall for his part considers his brief stint at Zamalek successful .

“At Zamalek, we qualified for the quarter finals of the CAF Champions League and we had an 83 per cent win record. I have gained lots of experience and knowledge about players that will come handy in my next assignment,” he told The Nairobian.

Asked why he was fired, Nuttall said: “Mr (Alex) McLeish (the club’s manager) left, so as his assistant, I went with him.”

Its not so rosy for Bobby Ogolla either

Gor Mahia club legend and former assistant coach Bobby Ogolla, who left the club to pursue a head coaching position at Nairobi City stars, is also having a torrid time. Ogolla is threatening to leave the club along with the players who are on strike due to non-payment of their salaries for two months.

“The players refused to train on Tuesday and Wednesday because they have not been paid. I don’t know why they have not been paid. I don’t pay them, I only train them,” said Bobby Legend to the Standard.

Ogolla started the league very well and even drew with Gor Mahia and beat AFC leopards. But the players have lost motivation due to non-payment and their performance has slumped. They are now in 15th place.

“Everyone knows how we started the league and had a good performance, but this has been affected by our money problems. Personally, I am considering my future with this club.

“I will only stay if I am sure it will not be the same story in the second leg. It looks like this has been the trend every year. It is not fair though. Not the way things ought to be done too,” he said.


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15 Mar 16

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

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15 Mar 16

Coach Frank Nuttall took over as Gor Mahia coach in August of 2014 just when coach Bobby Willianmson had left to take over a new role as Harambee Stars coach. His impact was immediate, not only did Gor Mahia maintain its lead in the league standings, but Nuttall drastically improved the scoring output. Whereas George Odhiambo Blackberry and Dan Sserunkuma were previously not in sync, Nuttall crafted a new tactic, deploying Blackberry on the wings where the latter thrived in his new role as a supplier of quality balls to Sserunkuma and others. The net result was that the Gor Mahia scoring ouput increased significantly.

In 2015 under coach Nuttall, Gor Mahia won the league unbeaten and went on to set new league records for scoring goals, points, wins and goal differential. They are records that are unlikely to be broken any time soon. Gor Mahia also won three titles and almost won the CECAFA cup and GoTV shield in what was the best domestioc season the club has had.

Nuttall also worked under difficult conditions with delayed salaries, players on strike and go slows, and demoralized technical staff. Despite all this, Nuttall was able to keep the playing unit focused and successful. He would end up being voted KPL coach of the year 2015.

Nuttall’s role in Gor Mahia’s success in 2014 and 2015 can therefore not be gainsaid. He was a fan favourite as evidenced by the reaction of fans when they found out that he was being fired. The bone of contention was the Chairman’s demand that Nuttall take a 50% pay cut. No self-respecting professional can accept a such pay cut when a contract was already signed. If he knew his salary was going to be halved, he may not have come to Kenya in the first place. Therefore this was an unreasonable request.

Due to Fan pressure he was promptly re-instated albeit temporarily and continued to work professionally amid a frozen relationship between him and the club executive committee. But the situation became untenable and Nuttall had to leave especially after the club’s poor start to the 2016 season where they went five matches without a win under Nuttall.

Nuttall eventually left for Egypt where he came assistant coach for Zamalek under his friend Alex McLeish.

On behalf of GORMAHIA.NET aka Gor Mahia online supporters branch, we would like to thank Nuttall and wish success in his future endeavours.

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14 Mar 16

Upon arrival at JKIA Image courtesy of Bonface Osano

The highly anticipated arrival of new Gor Mahia coach José Marcelo Ferreira aka Ze maria came to fruition as he arrived in the country on Monday. He was initially supposed to be in the country on Friday and was to watch the Saturday match against City Stars from the bench.

Yet to be determined is how the technical bench will be constituted. With the resignation of assistant coach Frank Ouna, Gor Mahia has now lost almost their entire technical bench from 2015. It may be left to the goalkeeping coach to introduce the coach to the players and discuss their strengths, positions, style of play and other technical issues.

Fans will be eagerly awaiting the press conference. Among other interesting issues is how much English he can speak considering that his playing and coaching career was mostly in Brazil and Italy.

His first task will be reset player morale which is likely low due to sub par results and for some players due to run-ins with the previous technical bench. The club EC will need to empower the coach and give him full support. The second task Ze Maria will need to do is to set expectations with regard to player discipline. And finally Ze Maria will need to learn about his new charges. And here is where the remaining members of the technical bench will be useful.

Championship dreams

Upon arriving at the airport, the Brazilian tactician announced that winning the league was his first priority.

“I agreed to take this job because they (Gor Mahia) are the champions. I have come here to do my best and try win the championship. That is what am targeting this year,” he said at the JKIA.

Traveling with Ze Maria is fitness coach Sandro Fantoni who worked with Ze Maria in Romania.  Gor Mahia already has a fitness coach : Nduta Maina.

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8 Mar 16

Some reports indicate that former Brazilian fullback Jose Marcelo Ferreirra popularly known as Ze Maria is a strong candidate to replace departing coach Frank Nuttall.

The club has not officially made the announcement yet.

“We have received several applications following the departure of Frank Nuttall on Monday. The latest to show interest to handle this great team is Brazilian Jose Mercelo Ferrairra. We are not going to make any announcement soon but maybe before Friday, we will have an answer.” said Ronald Ngala to goal.com

Ze maria’s coaching career started at Città Castello which is the team he last played for before hanging his boots in 2008.  Città Castello was in Italy’s fourth tier known as Serie D. In 2010 they finished sixth in group E of Serie D. Later in 2010, he became coach of Catanzaro which was in Italy’s third tier known as Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. This was his first professional job as a coach. He was appointed alongside Congolese Malù Mpasinkatu who became Technical Director and Filippo Di Pierro who became assistant coach. Malù became the first black person to be technical director in Italy. Ze Maria’s His stint there did not last beyond October 2010. The club was facing acute financial difficulties. Even traveling to away matches required assistance from fans.

“We live every day an untenable situation – said Ze Maria – and it’s not easy to go on like this, even today we came to Lamezia by car because the bus does not work. It required the personal effort of 3 members, Ruga, Catalan and Santagiuda to allow us to reach Lamezia” said Ze maria at the time.

Difficult working conditions indeed. By the end of his contract, Ze maria and Di Pierro sued Catanzaro for non payment of wages.
Perhaps demoralized by the experience at Catanzaro, Ze maria did not coach again until 2015.

In January 2015, Ze Maria resumed coaching, taking the head coaching job at Ceahlul in Romania’s top tier. By April he was fired due to a poor run that left Ceahlul 15th in the table. It was reported that Ze Maria had been dismissed after refusing to make substitutions, ordered by the club’s flambuoyant owner Angelo Massone during a home goalless draw against relegation-threatened Gaz Metan Medias. A day later Ze Maria was rehired by Massone who decided to give the coach another chance, but a 2-0 defeat in the next game persuaded the Italian to part with the 25-times capped Brazilian once more. He had been fired twice in one week. Before he was fired, the players had gone two months with no pay and had been on strike several times. Massone described the strike as a slave revolt and threatened to send the players to a discipline camp to punish them.

“There was even a time when we didn’t even have enough money to buy snacks,” he said. “I know that some of the players got their February wages yesterday and the rest are due to be paid in the coming days, but I’ve not had any money for a month and now Massone’s sacked me, threatening me to leave the hotel, leave my car and belongings behind. He didn’t even want to pay for my flight back home, while he said he would ‘wait and see how I behave’ before paying my outstanding wages. At least in the end he paid for my flight back on Saturday.” said Ze Maria in 2015.

As opposed to his coaching career, Ze Maria had a stellar playing career. He was capped 25 times for Brazil. He won the bronze medal with Brazil at the 1996 Olympics, playing in all six games. He also won the 1999 Confederations cup and 1999 Copa America. He played for numerous top tier Brazilian sides including Flamengo, Palmeiras and Vasco Da Gama. In Italy he played for Perugia, Parma and Inter Milan.

It is not clear if he speaks English or how good his English is. His coaching record is basically non-existent.  His poor recorded can be attributed to poor working conditions or the lack of tactical knowledge. It is impossible to tell at this point. Is Rachier willing to gamble with the 2016 season? He already gambled by jettisoning Nuttall. But hiring a coach with no record is a large gamble. On the other hand, sometimes hiring a young coach who is motivated to succeed can work well for a club.

Nuttall’s Departure

The departure of Nuttall caught club officials by surprise. But it emphasizes the fact that the relationship between the club brass and Nuttall had deteriorated to the point that Nuttall did not even see it fit to inform club officials.

“We were shocked by Nuttal’s move but as a club we cannot leave a vacuum at this important time of the league that is why we quickly identified a suitable coach that can steer the side ” said a club official to goal.com

Club official, Ronald Ngala told the Standard that the club would report Nuttall to FIFA for absconding duty.
“He has not spoken to anyone in the club as we have only read that he is in Egypt. In case that is the position then we will report him to Fifa for breach of contract and deserting duty. After we failed to agree on a new contract with him, we agreed that we continue operating under the old one and this is therefore enforceable,” .
Chances are that FIFA will take a dim view of the club considering that FIFA always urges clubs to respect contracts.

Chairman Ambrose Rachier for his part appeared elated that his plan to force Nuttall out had worked.
“It is difficult to talk about this matter because I do know what the official position (on Nuttall) is because there is no official communication. I could not reach him yesterday. I also checked at the training ground and he was not there. It makes me happy that he’s gone without us sacking him. You don’t just wake up one morning and fly out. It means he’d planned all this. I’ll call a committee meeting to discuss the matter.” he said to the Nation.

The Nation report further states that The bad blood between them, according to sources, began in December last year when the coach stormed Rachier’s law firm demanding his salary arrears.

And matters turned ugly when he had an altercation with senior players, notably Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana and Musa Mohamed.

His patronizing demeanour and bust-up with players made him lose the dressing room and it reached a point where the players were no longer listening to him.

The relationship with the players continued to deteriorate after his much publicised bust-up with Oluoch in the wake of the 2-1 home defeat to CNaPS of Madagascar last month at the Nyayo National Stadium.

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