Brazilian coach to replace Nuttall

By alex wafula
Mar 09, 2021
  • Gor Mahia could hire a Brazilian coach after Frank Nuttall left to join Egyptian club Zamalek. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Three days after Frank Nuttall left in a huff to join Zamalek SC in Egypt as an assistant coach, Gor Mahia has hired a new coach, Brazilian José Marcelo Ferreira alias Ze Maria.

The 1996 Olympic Bronze winner with the Brazil national team is expected in the country on Friday, according to Gor Mahia deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala. The Brazilian who has only coached three lower tier sides in Italy and Romania will take over Gor on a two year contract.

Ngala disclosed that over 10 applications had already been received by the club but they settled on the Brazilian due to his qualification and desire. “We have gauged him against all the other applicants and we have been convinced he is the best man for the job because of his qualifications,” Ngala told Sports News Arena.

Ferreira has a UEFA Pro coaching license and five years of coaching experience. He has previously coached U.S. Catanzaro 1929 and Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Group Città di Castello both in Italy.

His last coaching engagement was in 2015 in Romania where he worked in Liga I with FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț. Ze Maria had a playing career spanning from 1991 to 2009 and among the biggest clubs he featured for include FC Parma, Inter Milan, Levante and Flamengo in his home country, Brazil.

He has 25 caps for Brazil over a period of five years. He was not selected for any FIFA World Cup but did participate in two FIFA Confederations Cups. His biggest national team achievement was in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta where he played all six matches as Brazil picked bronze.

Ferreira is expected to be unveiled to the media shortly after arrival but whether or not he will be on the bench for Gor’s Saturday match against City Stars remains to his discretion. Frank Ouna, Nuttall’s assistant for the last two seasons has taken temporary charge of the team.

Meanwhile, Nuttall sent his resignation letter to the Gor chair Ambrose Rachier on Tuesday, just a day after it emerged he had travelled to Zamalek. In his letter, Nuttall outlines he decided to call it quits at the club owing to ‘futile discussions and meetings’ with club officials.

Among issues that Rachier has raised leading to his decision to walk out include win bonuses yet to be paid from November, lack of facilitation for a medical cover, car and work permit as well as lack of a free hand in signing and releasing of players.

Nuttall was unhappy Gor lost Kagere

Sports News Arena understands Nuttall was incensed after the club failed to hold on to striker Meddie Kagere who left for free at the end of last season. Kagere and Gor failed to agree on a contract renewal plan with the striker.

In a previous interview Nuttall admitted to Sports News Arena that he ‘knew nothing about new signing Jacques Tuyisenge’ when asked what qualities he hoped he will bring in.

The coach now says he is owed Sh976,132 by the club and has asked it to be cleared.

In a rejoinder, Ngala says they are still contemplating legal action on the coach who walked out on them without notice. “If there is anything we owe him, then it is very little. The contract is very clear that in case one party wants termination, then a one month notice has to be given and if not, the whole month’s salary needs to be paid. He (Nuttall) never gave notice. We have forwarded his letter to our lawyers and we will know the next course of action soon,” Ngala offered.

Gor’s problems with the Scottish tactician who led them to an unbeaten record last season started in January when he was apparently sacked by the club. However, fan pressure saw him return but from then, the relationship was never smooth.

Nuttall fell out with some of the club’s senior players including keeper Boniface Oluoch with whom it is alleged he had a dressing room row after the club’s defeat to CNaPS in the Champions League.

After the derby loss to AFC Leopards, pressure mounted on Nuttall and the question of his departure was more of when rather than if. The 15-time league champions currently sit 12th on the SportPesa Premier League standings with three points from four matches.

They next face John "Bobby" Ogolla their former assistant coach, now with Nairobi City Stars on Saturday.