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Gor Mahia head coach Ferreira resigns

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Gor Mahia head coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira giving instructions during their game against Thika United at Nyayo National Stadium. PHOTO/ Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 15 – Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira has tendered his resignation at the club barely a week after returning from mid season holiday in his native Brazil.

The tactician, nicknamed ‘Ze Maria’ from his playing days held a meeting with Gor boss Ambrose Racxhier at his office on Thursday morning before proceeding to the club’s training ground in Camp Toyoyo where he met with the players and told them of his departure.

“He came in for a meeting and handed his resignation letter. I don’t think there was anything bad between us to warrant him to leave. We don’t owe him anything as a club, we have been giving him all the support so we can’t say he leaves with a bad reason,” Rachier told Capital Sport.

He adds; “We don’t know, maybe he has gotten a better offer somewhere else. He left here after the first leg and came back last week. He was even with the team in Dar es Salaam so we don’t know what has changed between then and now.”

Ferreira will leave alongside his second assistant Marco Aurellio with his first assistant Zedekiah Otieno now taking over as the head coach.

The coach is however understtod to have said he is leaving the Gor job due to family commitment.

He joined Gor last March, taking over from Briton Frank Nuttal who also quit in a huff. In his debut season, Ze Maria failed to bag a single trophy, finishing second in the league, losing out to Muhoroni Youth in the Top 8 final and exiting the GOtv Shield in the quarter finals.

The Brazilian coach starred off the year with a bang, winning the season opening Super Cup and just last weekend saw the club win the inaugural SportPesa Super Cup in Dar es Salaam.

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