Gor Mahia have narrowed down on Simba SC assistant coach Selemani Matola as their new coach, Sports Plug can exclusively reveal.
According to reliable sources, the club has held positive talks with the former Tanzanian international over the possibility of taking over at K’ogallo.
The 42-year could be lured to Kenya to launch his coaching career, after helped Belgian coach Sven Vandenbroeck to deliver a third successive Mainland Premier League title for Simba.
Matola is highly rated in Tanzania and was linked with a move to rivals Azam in July this year. He was forced to deny the rumors.
“I am a coach of Simba and that is where I do my work, and with reports, I have landed a new job at Azam, I don’t know where those reports are coming from, I don’t have any idea, no team has approached me for my services, and I am contracted to Simba,” he said in an interview with a local daily.
The youthful coach played for Simba and had a brief stint with South African giants Supersport United in 2005. He was capped twice for Taifa Stars.
Gor Mahia are currently without a coach after Brazilian manager Robert Oliveira left the club silently last week. Oliveira had been disqualified from the club’s CAF Champions League matches over lack of qualifications.
He was later banned from taking charge of the club’s league matches over the same reasons.
The club temporarily hired Posta Rangers coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo to take charge of their continental assignments. Omollo went back to his club after helping overcome Rwandan side APR in the preliminary matches.
The club’s assistant manager Patrick Odhiambo has been in charge of the club’s league assignments. Gor has recorded mixed results in the first two league matches, winning against Ulinzi and losing to Tusker on Wednesday.
The club is expected to announce a new manager before next week’s CAF CL match against Algerian side CR Belouizdad. They travel to Algeria for the first leg tie on Wednesday.