NAIROBI, July 14 – Veteran coach James Siang’a is back in Kenyan football circles after being appointed the new Gor Mahia coach.
Siang’a takes over from Allan Thigo who was in charge for barely two months.
The former national coach oversaw Gor Mahia’s 1-0 win over World Hope on Saturday and has signed a one year renewable contract.
Gor Mahia Secretary General Vincent Kodera told Capital sport that the Siang’a had come out on top of a seven man shortlist who had all undergone interviews with the club’s new officials.
Vincent added that the new office had decided to recruit a new technical bench as part of its long term plan for the club.
“We decided as a new office to advertise and interview coaches as there was no contract between Thigo and the club in any of the files so we asked Thigo to apply afresh but he declined.”
The secretary added that Siang’a will appoint his own team manager.
Siang’a is the fourth coach to take over the reigns of Kogalo in just 14 matches. Sammy Omollo started the season in charge but was fired with Maurice ‘Ole’ Tunda taking charge for only match before the club appointed Thigo.
The much-travelled Siang’a who has coached at least half a dozen clubs in East Africa last coached Mtibwa Sugar where he resigned a year ago. He had also coached Simba with whom he won Tusker Challenge Cup three times and Mainland and Union League titles. He also won Kagame Cup with the team in 2002 and 2003.
He guided Simba to the quarterfinals of African Champions League after eliminating Zamalek of Egypt. Siang’a started on a good footing delivering a hard fought 1-0 win over early pacesetters World Hope.
Steve Biko was hero at City Stadium scoring in the 82nd minute to his team valuable points that hoisted them from 11th position to eighth. Overlapping defender Alfred Chege fed Biko who then drew out World Hope ‘keeper Christian Nkulikiye to plant the ball home.
Former Gor striker Ken Oliech signed by World Hope in the June/July transfer window was a marked man. All his flashy, speedy runs against his old club were fully checked by the well-knit Gor defence marshalled by Charles Odipo, Francis Akango, Stephen Otieno and Chege.