Finnish Coach Steven Pollack is the new Gor Mahia boss. Pollack takes over from Turkish Cypriot Hassan Oktay who confirmed his resignation through a letter to Club Chairman Ambrose Rachier.
Pollack, a CAF licensed coach has had stints in Africa with Ghanaian outfit Berekum Chelsea and most recently with Asante Kotoko.
Polack was born in Birmingham, England to an English mother and a father from the West Indies but holds a Finnish passport after spending most of his playing career with RoPS Rovaniemi and FC Inter Turku.
He will be Gor Mahia’s third manager in two years.
Pollak will arrive Wednesday afternoon to officially take over from Oktay.
Gor Mahia confirmed Coach Oktay’s resignation on Tuesday with the KPL winning coach citing personal reasons back home as the reason for his decision to step down from his position.
“Kindly accept my resignation as Gor Mahia FC head coach effective today, the sixth day of August 2019. As you are aware, the decision has been forced on me by the personal challenges I am facing here in Europe,” Said Oktay.
“I wish to thank you and the entire club, including the fans for the opportunity you accorded me to manage this great club. I also wish you guys all the best in your forthcoming assignments,” he added in a letter to club chairman Ambrose Rachier.
With Pollack now at the helm, his first assignment will be guiding Gor Mahia as they begin their Champions League journey against Aigle Noir CS.
Aige Noir CS bagged the 2018/19 Burundi Premier League title with 68 points from 30 matches. The aggregate winner of the first round will meet either USM Algers of Algeria or Niger’s SONIDEP in the second round.