NAIROBI, Kenya, January 8 – Former Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars head coach, Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, is set for a dramatic return to K’Ogalo as an assistant to Scotsman Bobby Williamson, club officials have stated.
Zico, currently at the helm of Sony Sugar, a team otherwise known as ‘Gor B’, left K’Ogalo in acrimony in 2011 having led them to second in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) the previous season behind Ulinzi Stars.
He is revered at the club as a no-nonsense defender who lifted the domestic league crown as captain in 1995, before the outfit reclaimed it last season after 18 years of hurt.
According to club Secretary General, George Bwana, K’Ogalo are in the process of bolstering the technical bench and prefer getting back their former tactician to share the designation with another former Gor legend player, John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla.
“A big team like Gor needs an elaborate, professional and experienced technical bench ahead of the new season that kicks-off in mid February.
“We are aware the 2014 KPL season will be tough, since we are set to participate in many competitions including the CAF Champions League. If you look at teams in the English Premier league, most of them have more that two assistant coaches, and that’s what we want to embrace at Gor,” Bwana told Capital Sport on Wednesday.
He was however, categorical that Williamson, is going nowhere and urged the Green Army to treat the swirling reports as speculation.
“We are working on a longer contract with Williamson. He is our head coach since we have a deal with him. That information from a Tanzanian Website is not true, they just want to intimidate Gor and see how we will react.”
The former Uganda Cranes tactician who guided K’Ogalo to the league title last season has been linked with Tanzanian giants Young Africans SC, after the Vodacom Premier League champions sacked the entire technical bench including Dutch born head coach Ernie Brandt.
Gor who are on a retreat in Oloitoktok at a high altitude training camp and will be involved in four major competitions next season namely, GOtv Shield, KPL Top 8, KPL and Champions League besides featuring in the DSTV Super Cup and probably Kenya Power Charity Cup.
Zico was sacked from Gor and his place taken by Cameroonian national Anaba Awono after an eight game winless run, the last straw coming after a 2-1 defeat to relegated Congo United at Nyayo National Stadium in September 2011.
The coach was also in charge of national team Harambee Stars at the time and the two responsibilities were blamed for the slump in his team’s fortunes. He was soon replaced by Francis Kimanzi at the beginning of October when the current Football Kenya Federation office led by Sam Nyamweya was elected into office on October 28.
Efforts to reach him on phone to comment on the matter proved futile by time of going to press.
Meanwhile, Thika United have began their pre-season training ahead of the new season.
“We are looking forward to a positive season in 2014 and our expectations are high as usual with mental and physical discipline as our principal guide to our objectives this year.
“Every player knows where we went wrong last season and I believe we are going to rectify our mistakes,” the Juja based club head coach John Kamau, stated.
Newly signed players Timothy Ludda, Michael Wanyika and forward Moses Arita participated in their first session at the clubs backyard, Thika Municipal Stadium.
The Brookside-sponsored team were the losing finalists in the Top 8 and finished seventh in last season in the league.