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Gor hire Turkish Oktay to replace departed Briton Kerr

Gor Mahia have entrusted yet a Turkish with the reigns of the club following the exit of vocal and high-achieving Dylan Kerr last month.

K’Ogalo have appointed former Braintree Town FC tactician Hassan Oktay to start the next chapter of the club’s coaching history, having seen great successes under British coaches in the recent past.

Oktay’s credentials

Oktay is a UEFA ‘A’ licensed coach and a fitness trainer and becomes the first non-Briton to be appointed at K’Ogalo in the past five years. He jetted in on Sunday morning in time to witness Gor fall to Kariobangi Sharks in the Super Cup played at Kasarani Stadium.

Gor revealed that 54 coaches had expressed interest in replacing Kerr but would consider ease in communication, experience and qualification in picking their next coach. “We have very impressive applications but language barrier may lock others out. We want someone who can communicate with the players,” Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier revealed last week.

Robert Williamson moved from Uganda Cranes for Gor in 2013 to open the recent chapter of British coaches and only left after ending Mahia’s 18-year trophy drought. Williamson recommended the appointment of Frank Nuttal to succeed him when he moved to Harambee Stars.

Successful Britons

Nuttal then perfected Williamson’s teams and won the league unbeaten before ditching K’Ogalo for Zamalek of Egypt. He was succeeded by Brazilian Ze Maria who failed to win the league in 2016 and was promptly moved to Ablania, paving the way for Kerr.

Kerr won two league titles and guided Gor to the group stage of CAF Confederation Cup for the first time in 28 years, setting high standards for Oktay to equal or surpass. “Our priority is winning the league for the 18th time and the CAF Champions League.” added Rachier.

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