Tag: Ze Maria

11 Apr 17

After starting the league with an impressive 3-1 win over Kariobangi Sharks at the Thika municipal stadium in week one, Gor Mahia has found it tougher since then, scoring only one goal per game in the next three matches. Coach Ze Maria recognizes how tough the league is but he will stop at nothing to win all three titles at stake.

“It will be very hard this year because many teams are playing well; but we are Gor Mahia and we have to try to win. We have taken one trophy this year but we have another three to play and we will try to take them to give to our fans,” the Brazilian tactician told Capital Sport.

What has carried Gor Mahia is the availability of better players at Ze Maria’s disposal. In 2017, Gor Mahia was hampered by the departure of several key players who had played important roles in the unbeaten season of 2015. This year the squad is more settled.

“This year our level is a bit higher. We have good players and all of them want to play and this is a good problem for me because of competition in the group,” the tactician continued.

Kakamega Homeboyz for their part have blasted the officiating which they say cost them the match.

“I was surprised to see no action taken against Boniface Oluoch by referee Andrew Juma after the keeper dangerously tackled our striker Wycliffe Ochomo in that match.” said Gilbert Alushula to goal.com.

The official insinuated that Juma favoured Kogalo because he is a brother to Boniface Oluoch.

“It is very unprofessional for a referee of Andrew Juma’s caliber to allow open mistakes and I think he should not be appointed to take charge of Gor Mahia matches in the future,” he continued.

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13 Mar 17

Muguna received rave reviews from fans and pundits alike

Gor Mahia’s Brazilian tactician Ze Maria is satisfied with the result obtained on Sunday. He thinks the club’s results will be better this season due to more options.

“I have a lot of players with great quality and we can play any system. I have a lot of solutions this year because of the quality of players in the team,” he said to Capital Sports.

This is good news for the coach because last season, the team was waylaid by fewer midfield options which only became worse when Collins Okoth fell out of favour with the coach due to disciplinary issues.

More options also means more intense competition for places which is good for the coach.

“I am happy… every coach wants this difficulty, I am happy for the team because we have many players in each position and that is good because when any of them come on, they have to give 100 per cent on the field.” he continued.

Gor Mahia have also shown an ability to adapt their tactics to the situation. The Thika field is of abysmal quality, not even suitable for grazing. But Gor Mahia who have been training at the Camp Toyoyo turf, adapting to the bumpy surface and dominated the match.

Kariobangi Sharks were determined to prove a point after being recently promoted. They started strongly but Gor Mahia were equal to the task.

“I am happy… every coach wants this difficulty, I am happy for the team because we have many players in each position and that is good because when any of them come on, they have to give 100 per cent on the field.” he said.

The pre-season offered the coach an opportunity to observe mistakes and correct them. Thats why the team has gotten off to a better start

“It is very important (to win the first match) because last year when I came they drew the first four matches and lost one. It is different this year because we have had a lot of time to train, we made a lot of mistakes in pre-season but now it is different when we are playing in the official matches.”


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7 Mar 17

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria appears eager to make amends for the 2016 season which ended without Gor Mahia bagging a single trophy. The Brazilian tactician wants to win every trophy on offer in 2017.  And he believes last Sunday’s win provides a good platform.

“We have fulfilled our first objective this year, which was to win the Super Cup. We want to win every title that is on offer this year. Even though the rewards for this particular win are small compared to the competitions that we are about to face when the season begins, it is a good start for the team.”  he said to the KPL website

Things are looking better for Kogalo this season

“What impresses me the most is that we have beaten Tusker yet last year we were unable to overcome them in the two league matches. The team played very well and that is very encouraging as we prepare for the new season,” he said.

Gor Mahia start their cup campaign this weekend against newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks at Thika municipal stadium on Sunday.

Gattuso: I have buried the hatchet with Ze Maria

Collins Okoth Gattuso, who last year had run ins with the head coach, now claims the have patched things up.

“It’s true that we were not in good terms with Coach Ze Maria at some point but we have ironed out our issues and we are now great friends. He has told me that I’m in his plans and I’m also very ready to make him proud. I want to work hard on the pitch and turn a deaf ear on off the pitch issues,” said Gattuso to goal.com

However Gattuso was missing from the line-up on Sunday and according to club official Judith Nyangi, it was he (Gattuso) who simply decided not to show up for the match.

Last Sunday against Tusker, he decided not to honor our call and he chose to remain at home. We are not going to tolerate that, we have summoned him and he has to explain why that is happening. Action will definitely be taken against him because it is wrong and we do not support that at all.” said Nyangi to goal.com

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20 Feb 17

Gor Mahia coach Jose Ferreira aka Ze Maria has sought to assuage the concerns of Kogalo faithful over the poor results recorded by the team during the 2017 pre-season.

Under pressure from fans, Ze Maria wants fans not to lose faith. According to him, pre-season matches are used to try out new players, new strategies and to experiment.

“I know that friendly matches are used to gauge a team’s preparedness, but they can also be used as a platform to test the things that work and those that don’t. We are in preseason and as you know, there are a few new players who have joined us.” he said to the KPL website.

He also insisted that things will be different when the league starts.

“That means that we have to find the right balance to ensure that we are able to make a good start in the league and sustain that performance until the end of the season. The fans shouldn’t get worried at all by these results. Things shall be different when the league commences,” he assured.

Gor Mahia’s first three losses came against strong opposition in the form of Al Hilal of Sudan, Thika United and Onduparaka of Uganda. Another loss which was perhaps the most shocking came against Administration Police.  The two wins came against lower tier opposition in the form of Wazito FC.

Indeed if coaches are judged on pre-season results then they will all resort to playing mediocre opposition which will not prepare them for the rigors of the season. For this reason, the club EC has decided not to judge Ze Maria on recent results. The rubber will meet the road when the league finally starts.

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14 Feb 17

The Fifa Ethics Committee has opened investigations on three Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs (Gor Mahia, AFC and Sofapaka) over alleged irregularities on past player transfers according to the Standard. The three clubs will meet with the head of Integrity and Compliance Kimberly Morris next week. The Standard report says that the investigations have to do with the fact that on some occasions, the clubs have not been receiving money in their accounts on some player transfers.

“The Ethics Commission is concerned that while the three teams have been selling players the money has not been coming into their club accounts and they want to find out what has been happening,” said our source. Gor Mahia acting Chief Executive Lodvick Aduda confirmed the club has been summoned to meet the Fifa officials, but insisted they have nothing to fear.

“The fact is all the international transfers that we have done in the last two years were captured on the Transfer Manager System (TMS) of the federation. We can account for every player sold during that period and therefore we have nothing to hide,” Adda said to the Standard.

Before the meeting with Fifa officials, Gor Mahia have been asked to submit to FKF their financial statements for the last two years which Aduda has confirmed they have done so.

Doubts, however, still remain on exactly how much the club received for the sale of Khalid Aucho to South African club Baroka this year. Sources say the South African club paid an official of the club cash money instead of depositing it into Gor Mahia’s account and this among other cases may have drawn the interest of Fifa.

In September of last year,Gor Mahia announced that they had received Ksh 1.6 million from Baroka FC of South Africa as Aucho’s transfer fee. As for Ali Abondo, the club announced that he had left for free despite still having a yer left on his contract.

Ze Maria calling for quick resolution to impasse

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria is concerned about his player’s focus and is calling for a quick resolution to the impasse between KPL and FKF.

“We were prepared to start and we now feel disorganized. When finishing the pre-season training, you mentally and physically condition your players for a strong start but their minds have now drifting elsewhere. We didn’t expect the two bodies to spend a lot of time in settling whatever is stopping the league. I hope they will agree as soon as possible so that we get started. We are already late and the delays will spill over into our fixtures through the season,” the former Brazilian international stated.” he said to Citizens sports.

Ze Maria has no problem playing in an 18 team league so long as logistics are taken care of.
“I played in Italy where the top-flight is 20 clubs, so 18 teams in a league is not a big deal. What matters is the organization of the same. For example do we have enough funding for our teams? Can we fly our teams from Mombasa to Nairobi or to Kisumu?. In European countries, when it is very hot, teams schedule their matches at night but here we don’t have capacity in of most our stadia to play at night. Basically with improved general environment of the local sport going to as many teams as 20 won’t be an issue,” he continued.

In one of his first coaching positions, Ze Maria coached a team whose logistics were so poor that fans would at times donate their own cars to ferry players from one town to another.

Stadia closed for renovations

Speaking of stadia, all the Nairobi based teams will need to find alternate venues for their matches because Kasarani, Nyayo and City stadium will be closed for renovations. Kasarani is being renovated for the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in July. Nyayo is being renovated for the 2018 CHAN. City stadium has been closed since last year though renovations there have yet to start.

“For Gor Mahia and Leopards games which are classified as high risk, the alternative venues are Afraha stadium in Nakuru County and Machakos stadium,” said Jack Oguda, the Kenya Premier League CEO to the Nation.

The other Nairobi based teams will play at Camp Toyoyo, Ruaraka and Naivasha.

Willis Ochieng to replace Ottamax

Gor Mahia have officially hired former national team goalkeeper Willis Ochieng to replace Mathew Ottamax.

“We have appointed Ochieng’ (Willis) as our new goalkeeper trainer and we believe that he will deliver in the docket.” said Ambrose Rachier to goal.com

Ochieng previously worked in the same capacity for Zoo Kericho and Western Stima. As a player, he is one of the most experienced goalkeepers Kenya has ever produced. Locally he played for Chemelil Sugar, Mumias Sugar and the national team. Abroad, he played for Free State stars in South Africa, Skelleftea in Sweden, Marienham in Finland and Simba of Tanzania. While in Finland he was implicated in a bribery scandal.

Ottamax was left out of the team that traveled to Sudan in January amid reports that he was not getting along with Ze Maria. In 2016, reports emerged that he had been fired by Ze Maria only for chairman Rachier to intervene and reinstate Ottamax.



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9 Feb 17

Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier has admitted that there is immense pressure from fans to make changes in the technical bench. However for now he is sticking with Brazilian tactician Ze Maria. Rachier and Ze Maria had a discussion about the string of poor results and the Brazilian gave satisfactory reasons for the losses.

“I summoned the coach today and he gave satisfactory reasons why we have lost all the 3 matches,” Rachier said. According to the club boss, the tactician blamed the losses on a couple of things. In Sudan, the coach mentioned that the team was still fresh from holiday and the players had hardly had enough time to train together. Against Thika, the coach said that he tried out all the players available, and didn’t feature his best team as his intention was to watch each player individually. According to Rachier, Ze Maria laid blame on lack of fitness for the loss to Onduparaka, who he noted were much fitter then” . This according to Kenyanstar newspaper.

Rachier also noted that pre-season results were not a good way to gauge a coaches’ performance.

“It was important to sit with the coach and find out the real issues. It would set a bad precedence is we sacked the coach based on the performance in pre-season. We have given the coach very clear targets and indicated to him that we want good results once the season starts,” Rachier said, adding, “The coach assured us that results will be better.” he continued to Kenyanstar.

Under Nuttall in 2015, Gor Mahia recorded poor pre-season results including surprise losses to Mombasa combined and a 3-0 loss to Power Dynamos of Zambia.

Many fans have been clamouring for the return of Frank Nuttall under whom Gor Mahia won the league twice and went unbeaten. But Rachier hinted at why Nuttall’s return was a non-starter.

“There are some coaches who get to the club, perform well then later team up with fans, incite them and start making some crazy demands. They feel they are demigods . The best thing to do is part ways with such coaches very fast and avoid further destabilization of the team.” he said.

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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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30 Jan 17

Gor Mahia are determined to put aside their disappointing 2016 campaign which ended trophyless. Organizing secretary Judith Nyangi is adamant that the club will put on a better performance in 2016.

“We are definitely ready to rock once again, ready to take over from where we left in 2015. We are going for all trophies available.” said Nyangi to goal.com

Nyangi has also stated that the intense competition for places in camp will help

“We have to reclaim our lost glory and prove our doubters wrong. Competition in camp is encouraging, and that is what we definitely want because it means quality to us,” she told Goal.”

Newly elected skipper, Musa Mohamed is also keen to lead by example and improve from last season.
“I feel there was plenty to pick from our last campaign coming through the changes that happened. It behind us and we can only hope and look towards a better season ahead. Our aim is singular, every player know we have to fight for every available trophy come next season” said Musa to futaa.com

Musa had a decent season in 2016, perhaps his best yet. Defence was certainly not the problem in 2016. Musa joined Gor Mahia in 2010 along with Kevin Omondi after they had steered Langata high school to winning their first and only Nairobi provincial schools championships. He is now going into his eighth season at Kogalo. The other players who joined along with them were Anthony Akumu, Dan Makori, John Kiplangat, Gradus Ochieng and Andrew Ongwae.

Coach Ze Maria has also pointedly stated that every match is a must win for Kogalo.
At Gor Mahia we play to win in every match and competition the same applies this year more than the past where we finished second in the league. This season we only have one goal; to win the league, he said to futaa.com

Ze Maria is also optimistic about the 2017 season, having shored up the midfield which was a problem area last season with Khalid Aucho having one leg in the club and the other leg outside and Collins Okoth missing in action for large swathes of the season.

“We had our problems in that department last season including off the field. . We have brought in good players in the position and i hope that this season, it a good challenge for us” he told futaa.

Gor Mahia shored up that department by signing KPL player of the year Kenneth Muguna and Rwandan Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza as deep midfielders.

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29 Nov 16

With the transfer season looming, coach Ze Maria has provided some thoughts on what he will be looking for during the transfer season.

“We have very good players currently, but we need to strengthen the midfield and central defense positions, and I am hoping to get about six new players that will see us regain the league title and other trophies we lost.” he said according to goal.com

The central midfield area had a gaping hole when Khalid Aucho left. Matters were not helped by the fact that Collins Okoth “Gattuso” was missing in action yet again due to discipline issues. And Ze Maria may have finally reached the conclusion that he needs a dependable player there.

In central defence there is a lack of depth. Which means that if either Shakava or Musa Mohamed is unavailable, the defence is in trouble. Last season, Gor Mahia tried to add depth first with Luke Ochieng then with Wellington Ochieng.

Ze Maria is also keen to sign players who suit his system, something he was unable to do in 2016.

“As you know, I only joined this club after the team had played about four games. Next season I want to be actively involved in preseason and recruitment so that I can be in a better position to make decisions concerning players,” he continued.

Indeed some players who played really well in Frank Nuttall’s system have not thrived in Ze Maria’s system. Players like Innocent Wafula and Karim Nizigiyimana come to mind. One of the pillars of Nuttall’s system was lightning quick attacks down the flanks. And this is where Wafula thrived.

Ze Maria’s contract apparently runs until February 2018 according to goal.com.  Why the club would end a contract in February when the season has already started defies logic. This is contrary to what was announced when he joined and announced that he had a contract until December of 2016. This will be the longest tenure that Ze Maria has had as a coach. His previous coaching stints all lasted six months or less.

Gor Mahia will also need to work on expiring contracts: Boniface Oluoch, defenders Karim Nizigiyimana, Abouba Sibomana and Eric Ouma plus forward Enock Agwanda are running out by the end of the year . Of these, Eric Oula is the most in demand from other local clubs. But he has thrived under Ze Maria whi himself was an overlapping fullback in his playing days. He stands to gain a lot by staying at this club until he gets an offer from a foreign league.

One player who might feature is Brazilian striker Thiago Da Silva. Not much has been seen from him. However he did play in several friendlies and scored regularly albeit against lower tier teams.

Ze Maria is currently holidaying in Italy where he played most of his career and started his coaching career.

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17 Nov 16

Gor Mahia’s Brazilian coach Ze Maria has credited his players with a positive display that enabled him to bag the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) coach of the month award for August.

“The players did their best last month, they played their hearts out and the hunger was felt by all those associated with us. It was unfortunate that we could not defend the title but we are happy with the input. The fans also, they have been supportive and I thank them,” Ze Maria said to goal.com

Gor Mahia will take on Tusker on Saturday in the final match of the season. Though out of contention for the title, Ze Maria has vowed to ensure that the team ends the season on a high to build for next season.

“We are aiming to finish the season on a high, by winning our remaining match and finishing with as many points as possible.” he said.

Match details:

Sat 19-11-16 15:00 Gor Mahia vs Tusker Nyayo Stadium

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