Gor Mahia Begin Search For a New Coach as Oktay Confirms Resignation

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Coach Hassan Oktay has officially parted ways with Kenya Premier League Champions Gor Mahia.

Oktay sent a letter of resignation to the Gor Mahia management effectively terminating his contract that was set to run until the end of 2021.

The coach has cited personal issues back in Turkey as his major reason for leaving Kogallo, a club he guided to a 3rd successive League title. He also led the team to a quarterfinals spot of the CAF Confederations Cup.

“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.

Early on Tuesday, Rachier visited Oktay’s residence in Nairobi only to find that the Turkish Cypriot carried all his personal belongings when he left for Turkey, a clear indication that he was not coming back to take charge of things at Gor.

Rachier revealed that the club was in the process of naming a new coach ahead of the upcoming CAF Champions League Campaign.

“We are ready, there are coaches we interviewed alongside Oktay and if he is not coming back then we will go for the coach that finished second in the interview. We have an important match on Sunday in Burundi and for that match, we need a coach with a CAF A license, our assistant coach does not have that license meaning we have to act fast if he is not returning,” Oktay added.

Gor Mahia will begin their Champions League journey against Aigle Noir CS who 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.

Meanwhile, the Club has been linked with former Asante Kotoko coach Steven Pollack who is said to be in pole position to replace Oktay.