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.