Nuttall’s replacement to arrive on Monday

The coach of Gor Mahia Football Club Frank Nuttal is showered with water by his ...
The coach of Gor Mahia Football Club Frank Nuttal is showered with water by his assistant Frank Ouna and departed striker Meddie Kagere (right) after K’Ogalo were crowned SPL champions on October 25, 2015. Photo/Sport Picha.

Gor Mahia fans will have to wait a little longer  before they see their new coach and former Brazilian international, Jose Marcelo Ferreira who  has agreed  a deal to take over  at the club following the resignation of Scotsman, Frank Nutall.

Ferreira’s unveiling by the SportPesa Premier League (SPL)  champions was expected to take place on Friday but club chairman Ambrose Rachier who confirmed to Citizen the unveiling ceremony and the announcement of a new commercial partnership has been deferred.

“The new coach should be arriving on Monday and the unveiling will be done on  the same day in the afternoon. He has an important meeting  in Rome on Saturday  and the earliest he can leave for Nairobi is on Sunday,” the club boss stated.

K’Ogalo have moved with speed to fill the position after the struggling titleholders confirmed the exit of Nutall, who quit to join Egyptian giants Zamalek FC.

“We have decided to hire Ferreira because of his impressive CV. We are confident that he is the best coach to take us forward after a rather bad start to the season. He will arrive on Friday and could be in charge when we take on Nairobi City Stars in Nairobi,” said Gor’s deputy secretary Ronald Ngala confirming the reports.

Jose’ has 46 appearances as a first-string member of the Brazilian National Team, won a bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics Game in 1996, the Copa Amèrica in Bolivia in 1997 and the FIFA Confederations Cup in Saudi Arabia in1997.

According to the club’s official website, the Brazilian international recently completed the Master UEFA PRO to Coverciano (in Florence, Italy) that allows him to train up to the top soccer series, including the national teams.

Ferreira will be received by the club officials at JKIA and faces a huge task at hand of having to make quick amends to Gor’s poor start to their title defense.

The club is still searching for a first win of the season and face former assistant coach and club legend, John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla’s Nairobi City Stars side in their next SPL match.

K’Ogalo are languishing 12th on three points, seven adrift of arch rivals and league leaders, AFC Leopards who ended their 35-match unbeaten streak last Sunday in a 1-0 defeat.

-Additional reporting by John Kyanda

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