Kenyan champions Gor Mahia FC have parted way with head coach Carlos Manuel Vaz Pinto. The Portuguese had initially left the country to attend to family issues before eventually resigning while in his home country.
Vaz Pinto has been in charge of Gor Mahia since January of this year. The former Saint George tactician had picked up momentum prior to his untimely exit. In the recent run at the club, the former tactician helped Gor Mahia to lift the FKF Shield Cup which as a result of sponsorship rights, is commonly known as the Betway Cup. Triumphing archrivals AFC Leopards made sure that Gor Mahia’s position at the continental stage is guaranteed for the next season league. Vaz Pinto came at Kogalo at the height of disappoints as Brazilian coach Roberto Oliveira’s stay with the champions had been cut short.
Before leaving for Brazil, Oliveira was understood to be having papers that couldn’t allow him to coach at the continental level neither at the local league. Posta Rangers then tactician Sammy Omollo had to be brought on board to salvage the situation. Gor Mahia would however be eliminated by CR Belouizdad of Algeria. Omollo would, later on, lose his job at Posta Rangers to Stanley Okumbi.
Before exiting the club, Vaz Pinto had won the coach of the month award for the month of May. In the month of May, he led Gor Mahia in four wins in as many matches. Gor Mahia defeated Nairobi City Stars, Sofapaka, Vihiga United before wrapping it up against Wazito at Utalli College Sports Club. In the particular award, the Portuguese walked away with a customized trophy and a lump sum of Kshs. 50, 000.
Vaz Pinto’s linkages
The circumstances in which Vaz Pinto has left the club is not strange to the Kogalo family. Coaches such as Dylan Kerr, Hassan Oktay and Steve Pollack have all left the club in a similar circumstance. Opting to go home for either holiday or family issues then resigning while ‘holidaying’.
His departure, therefore, leaves the Kenyan Champions at the hands of Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo who have been the club’s Assistant Coach since the Portuguese stepped in. Omollo, a former Kenya’s international defender and Gor Mahia’s skipper is an experienced coach in Kenya. He has a wide experience of having coached various clubs in the top tier league. Among the club he has coached includes, Gor Mahia, Posta Rangers, Ushuru FC (now defunct), East Bengal, Tusker FC, Mahakama, Oserian FC and KCB among many others.
Carlos Manuel Vaz Pinto has on the other hand been linked heavily by CD Nacional in his native country. CD Nacional participates is a Portuguese Division Two side and is believed to have hatched a deal with Vaz Pinto thereby prompting his departure.
Gor Mahia’s financial viability can’t be ruled out in the Vaz Pinto exit puzzle. In the current season, Gor Mahia has financially struggled. Situations have occurred at the club where players have had to down their tools on many occasions calling for the club to settle their financial arrears.
With Gor Mahia main sponsors BetSafe trimming down their sponsorship, these are some reasons which cant be played down as key influencers of the Portuguese left the club.
Following the premature of the coach, Gor Mahia fans are calling upon the club to have a permanent coach to the situation at the club. The majority are opting for the club to have a local coach to head the club. This is as a result of the influx of foreign coaches who comes then barely a season at the club, quits in controversial circumstances.
Kogalo has in the recent past had a huge turnout of foreign coaches at the club. In the current season alone, the club has had two foreigners with Vaz Pinto being the latest coach to exit. Roberto Oliveira had been appointed to replace Steve Pollack before he could have a ‘mutual’ exit after it was established that he lacked the necessary papers to coach the local heavyweights.
Is it time to say enough is enough?