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Jerim Onyango and the coaches who can replace Zedekiah Otieno at Gor Mahia

10:20 GMT+3 09/06/2019
Gor Mahia Assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno and Hassan Oktay.
The former Harambee Stars defender is now being linked with a move to struggling side KCB, ahead of the new season that kicks off in August

Gor Mahia assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno resigned a few weeks after he guided the club to a historic third successive Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title.

The former Harambee Stars defender and coach handed in his resignation letter on Friday, which was later accepted by the club.

“We received his letter of leaving the club on Friday, June 7, and we accepted his decision,” Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier told  Goal .

“As Gor Mahia we would like to wish him all the best for the coming future and also thank him for what he offered this great club during his time here “

Below, Goal parades some of the coaches who could be considered for the vacant role ahead of the new season.

  • Posta Rangers coach Sammy Omollo.

    Sammy Omollo

    He was known as a no-nonsense defender during his time at Gor Mahia before returning as a player-coach in 1998. Omollo is a tactician who has coached top sides in the league like Sony Sugar, Tusker FC, Posta Rangers and now KCB. He led the latter to KPL glory in 2011, and is one of the best coaches in the country who would be able to help Hassan Oktay improve both domestically and abroad.

  • Frank Ouna of KCB coach.

    Frank Ouna

    The youthful tactician was part of coach Frank Nuttall’s technical bench which helped Gor Mahia to finish the 2015 season unbeaten, but both left the team under unclear circumstances in 2016. Ouna is reportedly jobless and Gor Mahia should try to bring him on board. He already understands the structures at the club and having served in the Kenya national team and guiding both Wazito and KCB, he will come back a better tactician.

  • Jerim Onyango speaks on behalf of Gor Mahia in 2015 season.

    Jerim Onyango

    The veteran custodian brought his 12-year stint at K’Ogalo to an end in 2017. He has been a common figure for the Gor Mahia youth team and is a renowned tactician in the set up. It is high time for the club to promote him to the senior side and groom him for future roles. He has more to offer and will be an asset for the team.

  • Muhoroni Youth coach John 'Bobby' Ogolla

    John Ogolla

    Ogolla opted against extending his stay with Gor Mahia in 2015 despite helping the team to finish the season unbeaten, as the deputy to Frank Nuttall. He has a winning mentality and has a way of connecting with the players. If given a chance, the ‘six-million-dollar man’ can definitely be a hit once more.

  • Gilbert Selebwa of AFC Leopards and Muhoroni Youth.

    Gilbert Selebwa

    Selebwa has gained massive experience working with several teams in the Kenyan Premier League as either the head coach or assistant coach. He is one of the best coaches tactically and his inclusion would mean Oktay would have a different opinion to consider. Time for Gor Mahia maybe to try out an ‘outsider’?

  • Ezekiel Akwana.

    Ezekiel Akwana

    The former international has been perfecting the art of coaching top teams - Sofapaka, AFC Leopards and KCB. Having played and coached against several top teams domestically and abroad, it is high time the Gor Mahia management tasted the waters. Who knows, he might be what K'Ogalo need.

  • Kisumu All Stars.

    Francis Oduor

    This is another legend who can help Gor Mahia in an assistant coach’s capacity. He is on the brink of guiding Kisumu All-Stars to the  KPL owing to his massive experience as a player and coach. Oduor can help the Kenyan champions to tighten at the back and provide fresh ideas which will help them perform even better next season.