Kenyan champions Gor Mahia have appointed Brazilian tactician Roberto Oliveira as their new head coach, the club announced on Saturday.
According to K’ogallo’s official website, Roberto, who previously managed Rayon Sports of Rwanda, has 25 years of coaching experience and has been to a number of African countries as head coach, the Middle East as well as his native country Brazil.
The development comes barely hours after British coach Steve Polack, who led K’ogalo to their record 19th Kenyan Premier League title triumph mutually parted ways with the club on Friday.
Confirming the appointment, Gor Mahia chair Ambrose Rachier told the club’s website: “We are excited to announce the arrival of our new coach Roberto Oliveira from Brazil. He has had long coaching experience in Africa thus making him more conversant with African football. We think he will be a great asset in our quest to achieve better results on the field.”
On his part, Roberto, 60, also told the club that he was glad to be offered the chance to coach the champions.
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“After leaving Rayon Sports, I got three offers to come back to Africa but I turned them down…. When Gor Mahia came knocking, I couldn’t turn it down because I like the club…. I like their style because I have seen Gor Mahia play many times and even had a tie against them in CAF competition. I am happy to be offered the chance to coach the team,” said Roberto.
“Gor Mahia have won everything in local competition and it is about time to make a mark in CAF continental competitions. It will take the collective efforts of players, technical staff, and management to achieve what we want. I believe it can be done.”