Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia will be forced to go into the market yet again to shop for a new coach as Hassan Oktay on Tuesday 6 August officially resigned from his role.
The Turk joined Gor Mahia at the start of 2019 and led the team through the transitional season 2018/19, guiding K’Ogalo to the 19th KPL title but in a post on the club’s website, it is said he offered to terminate his contract and that has been accepted by the club hierarchy.
A week back, the coach left, apparently to attend to pressing family matter, promising to return but without affixing a date for the same. In the resignation note posted by the club, the coach say the decision is forced by personal challenges.
“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.
“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,” Oktay wrote, to club chairman Ambrose Rachier, as reported by the club.
Earlier, Zedekiah Otieno, who had served under Oktay, decamped to take over at KCB and now Patrick Odhiambo, who had been shipped in as Oktay’s assistant takes charge as the club seeks a replacement.