Kenyan Champions Gor Mahia are likely to be without the services of head coach Roberto Oliveira Goncalves when they travel to Rwanda for a crucial CAF Champions League match against APR.
This is after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) raised concerns about the credentials of the Brazilian tactician.
CAF has written a letter to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and Gor Mahia asking for the coach’s CAF A papers, which he failed to provide.
According to Goal, the coach only has Brazilian qualifications.
“Caf is asking where did the coach come from, he doesn’t have qualification papers, doesn’t have a Caf A certificate or Caf B which is for Kenyan coaches or even an equivalent, his papers don’t meet Caf standards, he has papers from Brazil, and thus he will not be eligible to sit in the dugout,” a source told Goal.
As it stands, Oliveira will not be allowed to take charge of the crucial tie due to be played on November 28.
It is still not clear what credentials CAF is looking for as the coach has previously managed Champions League matches. He was in charge of Rwandan side Rayon Sports in 2018 and even came up against Gor Mahia.
A Kenyan journalist, told this publication that CAF recently reviewed its qualifications for club coaches and could be the reason the K’ogallo coach is in trouble.
When he was announced to replace Steve Pollack last month, Oliveira promised to ensure Gor Mahia shines in continental competitions.
“The club has won everything in local competition but now we must shine abroad 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,” he said.
Sports Plug is closely monitoring the situation and will give updates as soon as we get them.