Trouble could be brewing at FKF champions, Gor Mahia after CAF questioned the new coach’s qualifications.
Roberto Oliveira was the coach who replaced Steven Polack, with the Brazillian coach having arrived a few days after Polack tendered his resignation.
Gor Mahia will face APR of Rwanda in the CAF mini-tournament as African club competition returns. However, they will be forced to be without Oliveira on the touchline.
Oliveira not up to CAF standards
CAF has written back to the FKL League champions, stating that Mr Oliveira did not meet the requirements to coach a club in the CAF competition.
CAF requirements for coach included a mandatory CAF A licence. If not, then the coach would need to be a holder of a CAF B licence in countries which did not have CAF A licence courses over the past five years.
Furthermore, the coach would need to have a UEFA Pro Licence. Moreover, they would also accept a Pro-Licence from any other federation across the world.
The CAF dismissed coach Oliveira from the touchline because he had Licence B from Brazil, which put him on Licence C on CAF qualifications.
Between a Rock and Hard Place
Gor Mahia SG, Sam Ocholla told The Standard, that they had been in advanced talks with several qualified Kenyan coaches to take to the dugout in the competition. Among them were Sammy Omollo ‘Pumzo’, who is at Posta Rangers and Zedekiah Otieno, who is at KCB.
Ocholla said they had five prospective coaches, among them Ghost Mulee and Francis Kimanzi. But both of those are still new to their jobs and are unlikely to be open to the move.
Furthermore, there is talk of players going on a go-slow due to unpaid salaries. Ocholla admitted that the players had failed to train over the past few matches. He confirmed that they hadn’t paid the players’ salary for a month. However, they were engaging them in talks, with the expectation being that they will pay the players before they jet off to Kigali.