Coach Zico leaves for KCB

Gor Mahia’s assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno Zico has tendered his resignation to the club. He is set to join KCB FC as head coach.

Chairman Rachier confirmed Zico’s exit

“We have accepted Zico’s resignation and thank him for his dedicated service. We wish him well in his future endeavours,” said Rachier to Nairobi news.

Zico has been an integral part in Gor Mahia’s success under Frank Nuttall, Ze Maria, Dylan Kerr and Hassan Oktay.

As a player, He played for Gor Mahia starting in late 1989 and stayed on for almost a decade. He was head coach in 2010 and 2011. In 2010 he took Gor Mahia to the brink of winning the title. They were still in contention on the last day but needed Ulinzi to lose their last game. In the end, they finished second to Ulinzi.

During this period, he also had a brief stint as Harambee Stars coach. It was his team that ruined Uganda’s Cranes chanced of qualifying for AFCON 2012 when the game ended 0-0 in Kamapala, effectively ending Bobby Williamsons’s stint as Cranes coach. He then left for SoNy Sugar before returning again in 2015 as an assistant coach. Zico also ran for political office during the 2013 elections. He tried to be an MCA.

We thank Zico for his dedicated service and wish him the best at KCB.

Welcome back Zedekiah Otieno Zico

Zico had plenty of success as coach in 2010

It has been officially announced that former Gor Mahia full back and coach Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” is set to make a comeback to the club. This time he will be an assistant coach replacing Tom Ogweno.

His experience will come in handy in our intentions to reclaim the league title this season,” said Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier to the Nation.

Zico joined Gor Mahia as a player in 1990. In 1990 he played alongside the veteran Austin Oduor was player/coach.. In the mid 1990s he was part of one of the strongest defensive units Gor Mahia ever fielded with players like Tobias Ocholla, Sammy Omollo “Pamzo”, Paul Ochieng “Kunde” and Joseph Owino “Andai”. That defense was responsible for the fact that Gor Mahia won the league 4 times (1990, 91, 93 and 95). The team was winning despite having a very low offensive output. But thanks to that solid defense, they conceded very few goals.  Zico excelled in being a solid defender and also being able to make frequent runs on the right wing to send crosses.

The best performance that Gor Mahia has ever achieved in the Africa champions cup or CAF champions league was in 1992 when they reached the quarter-finals.  In the second round they eliminated Cameroonian giants Canon Sportiff de Yaounde. It was Zico who scored the away goal as Gor Mahia held Canon 1-1 in Yaounde. Zico stayed with Gor Mahia until the late 1990s.

He later embarked on a coaching career. He took over at Gor Mahia in 2010, replacing Gideon Ochieng “Agido”. His first season was successful and he took Kogalo to the brink of winning the league. Kogalo were in contention until the last day. This despite fielding a very inexperienced unit. However 2011 was a below par season in which Gor Mahia lost their first league game 3-0 to Posta Rangers and ended up finishing 4th.  Once teams figured out to defend against his tactics, he did not adapt new ones. A coach must always adapt and change or else the team becomes predictable.

Thus in 2011, fans started to lose patience. Zico left in early 2012 and was replaced by the Camerounian Anaba Awono. In the subsequent years he has coached Harambee stars, SoNy Sugar and Posta Rangers. He also made an attempt at political office, vying for a councillor position in the 2013 elections.

Thank You Bobby Ogolla

Long serving Gor Mahia assistant coach Bobby Ogolla has decided to step aside from the club. Ogolla who joined the club after taking over from Anaba Awono has been at the club for four years. In his playing days, Ogolla was a true legend and is still considered by many as the best central defender ever produced by Kenya. On behalf of Gor Mahia online supporters club, we would like to thank Bobby Legend for his years of service.

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Ogolla confirmed to Goal on Thursday that he had decided to take a break from football and concentrate on ‘other issues’

Gor Mahia deputy coach John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla has quit after a successful season that saw the club finish 2015 league season unbeaten.

Ogolla confirmed to Goal on Thursday that he had decided to take a break from football and concentrate on ‘other issues’. “I have enjoyed my stay with Gor Mahia and would like to make it clear that I will not be part of the team next season.

“I enjoyed working with Gor Mahia players and was also happy to be part of the team that went 2015 league season unbeaten. I will always be there to support the team and will be available for any advice to the young players.”

Ogolla also thanked Gor Mahia fans for the support they accord the team. “K’Ogalo fans are the best in the region if not Africa. They support their team whole heartedly and I want to thank them for the support.”

The legendary Ogolla revealed that his contract with the club was to terminate on December 31. “My contract is supposed to end on December 31 but I have decided to make the decision so that I can plan for my future.

“I have informed club management of my intended move and so they are aware of it. I don’t need to be in Gor Mahia to serve in football. I will be open to other offers when good time comes.”

step aside after several years of distinguished service. On behalf of Gor Mahia online supporters club, we would like to thank Bobby for the work he has done.

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Top coaches have applied for Gor Mahia job

The position of Gor Mahia coach appears attractive to some top coaches even despite the financial instability at the club.

According to a report by, former Gor Mahia coach and fan favourite Zdravko Logarusic is foremost among those who have applied for the job. Logarusic sees it as unfinished business after he left the club in June of last year.

Sebastian Desabre

Former Esperance coach Sebastian Desabre is another top name who has applied for the job according to goal. The Frenchman Desabre is youthful at 38 but his record is stellar. Under him, Esperance won the Tunisian league. Thats not saying much considering how dominant Esperance is in Tunisia. But prior to Esperance, he coached Coton Sport Garoua of Cameroon whom he led to the Camerounian league title. He also coached the Camerounian side through the group stages of the Champions league to the semi-finals where they lost to Al Ahly of Egypt only on away goals rule.

Between 2010 and 2012 he was coach at Asec Mimosas of the Ivory Coast. There he led them to win the Coupe de cote d’ivoire in 2012 and the Coupe Houpouet Boigny in 2012. He also led them to the quarter finals of the CAF cup.

He has no experience in any Anglophone nation so it is not clear how good his English is.

Dorian Marinn

Eritrea national team coach Dorian Marinn has also applied for the job according to The 54 year old Romanian is still listed as coach of King Faisal Babes in Kumasi, Ghana where he has coached since January 2014.  His coaching career has also taken him to Tishreen of Syria and Uganda Revenue authority.

A glance at Marinn’s curriculum vitae does not show any notable achievements and King Faisal are currently 14th out of 16 teams in the Ghanaian league and are staring at relegation.

However Some Kenyans might remember him as the coach under whom Eritrea beat Kenya twice during qualifications for the 2008 Africa nations cup. At the time, Frenchman Bernard Lama was Harambee stars coach.

Local coaches

Among the local coaches who have applied to take up the position include former AFC Leopards coach Jan Koops, Bidco United coach Alfred Imonje and former Nairobi City Stars coach Tim Bryett.  None of these have notable achievements either. There is no word on whether former coaches Sammy Omollo or Zedekiah Otieno have applied.

More Applications due

Club secretary general has indicated that the club expects more applicants to send their CVs.

“More applications are still coming. We have constituted an interviewing panel which will look at all those applicants and narrow it down to five before we pick the most suitable candidate,” he told What is also not clear is whether the club has the financial wherewithal.