Ze Maria is SJAK coach of the month

Ze Maria after being award the Sports Journalists Award

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria became the first coach in 2017 season to be awarded the coach of the month award.  He was the only coach to record two victories during the month. He  was awarded Tuesday morning by Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) and award sponsors Fidelity Insurance.  Other candidates were Paul Nkata of Bandari and Sammy Omollo “Pamzo” of Posta Rangers.

This is the second time Ze Maria has won the award. He also won in October 2016. The award comes with a Ksh 75,000 cash prize.

Ze Maria dedicated the award to his players:

“My players know my philosophy: to win every match and for this I dedicate the award to them for the good job they did. In the two games we played in March, they were excellent because we faced tough teams in Sharks and Zoo,” said Ferreira to the Nation.

The Brazilian tactician noted that the club had already won one trophy and is going for three more to make up for 2016 which was a trophyless season for Kogalo.

“I am happy because we are on the right track this year. We have one trophy already, the Super Cup and we want three more. We have good players this season that are going to do a good job for us. It’s a good mixture of the experienced and young players,”  he said.

Skipper Musa Mohamed attributed the club’s success to confidence instilled by Ze Maria

You can see we are playing with confidence which he has instilled in us. Every player is confident on the pitch and for sure his presence will be key to achieving our target this year,”  said Mohamed to the Nation.


5 thoughts on “Ze Maria is SJAK coach of the month

  1. Omera, ze Maria you have just saved your job and therefore should thank Jodala aka Zico and AR in your openning remarks. Secondly, there is only 1 trophy this year in Kenya – the KPL title.

  2. Top 8 may be scrapped but the cup/shield tournament (GoTv) must be held even if the prize money will be foregone. Its the only way to pick the country’s participant for the CAF Confederations Cup. Congrats ZM, I see you winning more such accolades but this should just be the icing on the cake,we want the cake-league and cup titles.Personally, ZM is yet to fully convince me especially on his much touted player development. He seems to rely on finished products so i humbly suggest the return of old boy Dan “Flava” and release “permanent passengers/ EC favourites” e.g Calabar Jnr, strikers /forwards / wingers who cannot score goals. ZM’s signings in mid season will make/break the season. Also, the gap between Boni and the other GKs seems to be too big making Boni “comfortable”. 2018 CAF group stages is the target planning starts now, HEAR THAT EC.

  3. @oduor 12, GOTV is no brainer……. foregone conclusion as it is 100% sponsored by DSTV . Either they get a new sponsor like yesterday or cancel the event and the runner’s up in 2017 league participates in CAF confederations cup.

    1. 2017 cup/shield tournament i.e formerly the GoTv cup (that’s why i put it in brackets) WILL be held,with or without sponsorship. Nick/FKF will not allow such a huge failure nor will they go back to the old practice of the league runner up being nominated for CAF CC.Hiyo mambo ya “runners up” is extremely risky,so GMFC should WIN (at least one, if not both) the league/cup to be certain of CAF 2018. EC,note qualification for the lesser CAF CC group stage guarantees the club an automatic grant of US$ 165,000 approx kes 16.5M not to mention increased fame for club hence more matching attending fans,membership, potential sponsorship etc i.e A SNOWBALL EFFECT!


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