Gor contemplating legal action against Nuttall

By alex wafula
Mar 08, 2021
  • Frank Nuttall appears to have abandoned Gor Mahia for Zamalek in Egypt.

The Gor Mahia management admitted they know nothing about coach Frank Nuttall’s apparent move to Egyptian giants, Zamalek.

According to sources in Cairo, Nuttall arrived in the Egyptian capital on Monday morning to begin work as an assistant to Alex McLeish who was appointed Zamalek coach last week.

Nuttall, a close accomplice to fellow Scotsman McLeish is understood to have already started work with Zamalek and will be on the bench for their next match this weekend.

The North African giants’ official website has officially confirmed that Nuttall, who worked with McLeish at Scottish side Rangers FC has arrived to start work as the second assistant coach.

Speaking to Sports News Arena, Ronald Ngala, Gor’s acting Secretary General admitted they had also heard about the news on the media and were unaware that the coach had travelled.

Ngala also said the coach had not reported to training on Monday morning. “That is a serious breach of contract and if indeed we confirm it is true he has left for Zamalek, then we will have to report the matter to FIFA. Even if it is not Zamalek, not attending to his duties as coach still stand as breach of contract and as a management it is something we are taking seriously,” Ngala said.

Nuttall still had nine months to run in his contract and the apparent new contract negotiations had been shelved till the end of the season. In January, Gor apparently sacked Nuttall following a contract stand-off but after outcry from the fans, he was reinstated but still on the old contract.

This comes at a time when Gor are struggling to start the season positively and the weekend loss to rivals AFC Leopards in the Mashemeji derby did not help.

“The team is performing poorly and maybe it is such attitude that is contributing. There seems to be some loss of focus and we cannot encourage that,” Ngala affirmed.

The official now says they will be looking for a replacement but meanwhile, Frank Ouna, the current assistant will slot in before the international break. John "Bobby" Ogola also left Gor Mahia.

There are several names already floated with the most prominent being Antonio Flores, a former coach of Ugandan giants SC Villa. “At the moment we have not set eyes on anyone, but at the end of the week, we should be able to give a name. If at all Nuttall has gone, then we need somebody to come in and make use of the two week international break to be with the team,” Ngala added.

Efforts to reach Nuttall for comment were futile as his phone went unanswered. Gor are currently placed 12th on the standings with three points from four matches, Their next assignment will be away to Nairobi City Stars.

Kimanzi bags monthly award

Meanwhile, Francis Kimanzi, the Mathare United coach has received the maiden Fidelity Assurance SJAK coach of the month award. Kimanzi beat off competition from Muhoroni Youth’s James Omondi and Posta Rangers’ Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno.

In a rigorous nomination and voting process done by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) football committee, Kimanzi received a whooping 22 point ranking, Omondi coming second with 17 while Otieno had 16.

Kimanzi led Mathare top of the standings in February, the side picking up two wins and a draw. Omondi as well helped Muhoroni rise back from a poor start, winning back to back matches after losing the opener to Zico’s Rangers.

The latter have drawn two and won one of their three February matches. “I am very pleased to get this award but I should thank my team and other members of the technical bench because of the work they have put in.

SJAK are doing a very good job in rewarding players and coaches and this will make the game better,” Kimanzi said. SJAK will as well be awarding the February player of the month next week.