List of Gor Mahia Coaches

Paul Odhiambo Gor Mahia's first coach

Paul Odhiambo, Gor Mahia's first coach

Jasper Okelo

Jasper Okelo Gor Mahia's second coach

Peter Okeyo Kapila

Peter Okeyo Kapila Gor Mahia's 3rd coach

Peter Pampuro

Peter Pampuro coached Gor Mahia in 1975

Allan Thigo legendary player-coach

Allan Thigo Gor Mahia coach

Allan Thigo Gor Mahia legendJerry Imbo 

Jerry Imbo Gor Mahia coach 1982

David Otti

david otti gor mahia coaches

David Otti Gor Mahia coach 1981

Len Julians

Len Julians

Len Julians Gor Mahia coach 1983 to 1985 and 1991

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Maurice Ochieng

Maurice Ochieng Gor Mahia coach 1985, 86 2002

Maurice Ochieng Gor Mahia coach 1985

Jack Johnson 

Jack Johnson Gor Mahia coaches

Jack Johnson Gor Mahia coach 1987Mohamed Kheri

Mohamed Kheri Gor Mahia coach 1989

Mohamed Kheri Gor Mahia coach 1989 Austin Oduor

Austin Oduor Gor Mahia coaches

Austin Oduor Gor Mahia coach 1994

Bob Oyugi

Gor Mahia coach Bob Oyugi

Bob Oyugi Gor Mahia coach 1993 

Tobias Ocholla

Tobias Ocholla Gor Mahia coach 1993, 1999, 2001

Tobias Ocholla Gor Mahia coach 1999, 2001

Manfred Steves

Manfred Steves was a German coach who had been seconded to the KFF by the German goverment to work as a youth coach in FIFA's goal project. When Tobias Ocholla was suspended in 2001, Steves coached Gor Mahia briefly.

Vojo Gardasevic

Vojo Gardasevic Gor Mahia coach 1995

Vojo Gardasevic Gor Mahia coach 1995

Mike Otieno

Mike Otieno Gor Mahia coach 1999

Mike Otieno Gor Mahia coach 1999

Elly Adero

Elly Adero Gor Mahia coach 2002

Diego Romano

Diego Romano Gor Mahia coach 2004 and 2006


Diego Romano Gor Mahia coach 2004 and 2006Sammy Omollo

Sammy Omollo Gor Mahia coach 2008


Sammy Omollo Gor Mahia coach 2008

James Sianga

James Sianga Gor Mahia coach 2008 

Raphael Auka

Raphael Auka

Raphael Auka replaced Sianga in 2009 but his stint was short and tumultous.
After a 2-0 loss to Western Stima at Nyayo stadium, he was accosted by unhappy fans and was forced to quit.

Gideon Ochieng

Gideon Ochieng Gor Mahia coach 2009

Gideon Ochieng Gor Mahia coach 2009 

Zedekiah Otieno Zico

Zedekiah Otieno zico Gor Mahia coach 2010

Zedekiah Otieno Gor Mahia coach 2010

Anaba Awono

Anaba Awono Gor Mahia coach 2012

Anaba Awono Gor Mahia coach 2012

Bobby Ogolla

Bobby Ogolla Gor Mahia interin coach 2012

Bobby Ogolla Gor Mahia coach 2012

Zdravko Logarusic

Zdravko Logarusic Gor Mahia coach 2012

Zdravko Logarusic Gor Mahia coach 2012

Bobby Williamson

Bobby Williamson Gor Mahia coach

 He was hired in mid 2013 to replace Zdravko Logarusic. Prior to that he had coached the Uganda national team. He settled in quickly and Gor Mahia did not loose a step following the departure of Logarusic. In the end he steered Gor Mahia to its first league win in 18 years and a massive 10 points ahead of second placed arch rivals AFC Leopards. Williamson unlike his predecessor, showed a willngness to give the youth a chance. Under him, players like Tim Otieno rose to the forefront.

Frank Nuttall

Frank Nuttall Kenya coach of the year 2015

Frank Nuttall arrived at Gor Mahia in September of 2014. Prior to joining Gor Mahia, Nutall had no head coaching experience and worked mostly as a FIFA instructor, fitness expert and assistant coach

However he had a steely determination to prove his detractors wrong. Having taken over with approximately ten matches left, he introduced a number of tactical and formation changes that proved succesful. The net result was that the Gor Mahia scoring ouput increased significantly. In the end he steered Gor Mahia to 2014 Kenya Premier League title with a number of convicing wins.

2015 was his first full season. He would steer the club to what is easily its best domestic season ever. Under Nuttall, in 2015, Gor Mahia won the Kenya Premier league with an unbeaten record. They also won the Super Cup, and the KPL top 8 tournament. Gor Mahia also reached the finals of the CECAFA club cup and the semi-finals of the local cup then known as the GoTV shield. He was voted Kenya Football coach of the year for 2015.

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. 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 in March of 2016. In Egypt he came assistant coach for Zamalek under his friend Alex McLeish.


José Marcelo Ferreira aka Ze Maria

Ze Maria

The Brazilian popularly known as Ze Maria took over as Gor Mahia coach in March of 2016. He became  the most high profile person ever to become Gor Mahia coach, having played for the Brazilian national team where he won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics. He had also played for several top tier Brazilian sides like  Flamengo, Cruzeiro and Botafogo as well as Italian sides like Inter Milan.

Ze Maria tried to install a new style of play at Kogalo wich emphasized the traditional Brazilian stye of short passes. Results were half decent but not overwhelming. He kept Gor Mahia in the KPL title chase throughout the 2016 season. However his hopes of wresting the title were derailed  after Gor Mahia were deducted 3 points for hooliganism. There were also ignominious losses in the GoTV shield.

He started the 2017 season on a sound note winning the Super cup. And by mid season, Gor Mahia were at the top of the standings yet again. When Gor Mahia went to Tanzania to play in the inaugural Sportpesa Super cup, Ze Maria announced that he was going to Brazil for a week. He arrived just in time to watch his side beat arch rivals AFC 3-0 in the final. He was carried shoulder high by the players. But days later he announced his resignation from the club. He would then leave for KF Tirana in Albania where he had apparently received a better deal.


Dylan Kerr

Kerr joined Kogalo in July of 2017. Prior to tha, he had been U-18 coach at Chesterfield, a fourth division side in the UK. He had also coached Simba SC in Tanzania and Hải Phòng FC in Vietnam

Almost as soon as Kerr took over as coach, Gor Mahia showed dramatic improvement in the attack. Whereas Gor Mahia were previously squeezing 1-0 and 2-1 wins, they were now scoring more freely, while showing more imagination and unpredictability in attack. Kerr led Kogalo to the 2017 Kenya Premier League title and the 2018 league title.

Kerr was known for being very friendly with the public and was often seen mingling with fans at the City centre and eating at kiosks.

He left Gor Mahia at the end of the 2018 season to coach Black Leopards of South Africa.


Hassan Oktay

Hassan Oktay

The British coach of Turkish descent took over at Kogalo at the beginning of the 2019-2020 season. Under Oktay, Kogalo retained the national league title. Under Oktay also, Gor Mahia became the first Kenyan team to qualify for the group stage of a continental tournament and also to proceed beyond the group stage.

Oktay left at the beginning of the 2019-2020 issues to return to Turkey and take care of his ailing parents.


Steve Polack

The British coach of partial West Indian descent who also had Finnish citizenship, took over at the beginning of the 2019-2020 season.



Dan Ogada, a former brilliant midfielder for the club also had a stint as coach. Frank Ouna, Martin Midega and former defender George Otieno "Sollo" also coached the club at one point.






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