Gor settle on ‘Pamzo’ as stop-gap coach for CAF matches
Gor Mahia have settled on Posta Rangers tactician Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo as a stop-gap coach to handle the team in the CAF Champions League preliminary matches after the continental football body disqualified Brazilian coach Oliveira Goncalves from handing such matches owing to his coaching credentials.
Gor are set to begin their 2020/21 CAF Champions League matches this Saturday with a first leg preliminary tie against APR of Rwanda in Kigali.
Citizen Digital understands that the decision was arrived at on Sunday afternoon after marathon discussions between Gor’s executive members.
The talks had begun on Saturday, with former club assistant coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno among those considered before a decision was made to go for Omollo.
It remains unclear whether Omollo’s employer the Postal Corporation of Kenya has rubberstamped the move.
“We have settled on Sammy Omolloh(Pamzo) to be the stand-in coach for the team in Rwanda as we try to sort out the current coach’s (Roberto) issue with CAF. That means, Sammy will lead the technical bench as Roberto is not allowed to be on the touchline until the issue is sorted,” noted Rachier.
The club was left to seek alternative option after CAF ruled that Oliveira’s qualifications did not meet the bare minimum threshold – a CAF Level B license for such matches.
CAF requires coaches handling teams at CAF club championship’s his level to have a CAF Level A coaching license though exceptions can be made for those who have a CAF Level B license.
The Brazilian’s qualifications, according to CAF, are equivalent to CAF Level C, which falls below the requirements.