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.
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.
It appears that once again FKF are interested in using the services of the incumbent Gor Mahia coach. The AFCON qualifiers due to start shortly. Kenya open their qualifcation campaign on June 17 against Congo-Brazzaville and Nyamweya wants coach Frank Nuttall to act as Bobby Williamson’s assistant.
“We are talking to Gor Mahia to lend us Nuttall when we start our campaign for Afcon 2017.” said Nyamweya to goal.com
In a bid to assuage Gor Mahia fans who may worry that FKF are grabbing Nuttall from Gor Mahia, Nyamweya has assured that he will not be hired on a full time basis
“We don’t want to engage him to a contract but need him to come on board and work closely with Bobby Williamson because our aim is to make sure that Kenya qualifies for finals to be held in Gabon. We will only require his services when Stars’ are in camp and nothing else. We always have a break for our local league when Stars’ is playing in international matches. This is the time we will need Nuttall’s services.” said Nyamweya.
Nuttall apparently already has a working relationship with Williamson given that it was Williamson who seconded Nuttall to Gor Mahia. And Williamson is likely impressed by the work that his successor has done at Kogalo.
And whereas Musa Otieno is a defensive specialist, Williamson probably needs Nuttall’s attacking mind.
“We will be borrowing for his services. Williamson will remain our coach and Musa Otieno the assistant and Nuttall will only come in to give a helping hand.
Aside from taking Bobby Williamson from Gor Mahia last season, FKF also engaged coach Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” when Harambee stars were attempting to qualify for the 2012 Africa nations cup.
It is commendable that FKF are taking the qualifications seriously. However Gor Mahia officials need to be careful to avoid any arrangements that will derail the club’s aspirations.