Former Super Eagles manager, Samson Siasia, is among coaches who have applied for the vacant Gor Mahia job in Kenya.
Siasia, 51, is remembered for leading Nigeria in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers before he was fired in October 2011 only to be reappointed five years later.
He led Nigeria Under-23 at the 2008 and 2016 Summer Olympics winning silver and bronze medals respectively.
He also clinched the African Youth Championship with the Under-20 side in 2005 among some of his career highlights.
By Friday afternoon, a whooping 48 coaches had tendered in their CVs eyeing the post that fell vacant after the resignation of Briton Dylan Kerr, who has since joined South African top tier outfit Black Leopards.
In a shocking turn of events, there’s no Kenyan coach who has officially applied for the job even as hopes for assistant coach Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno to be handed the job on a permanent basis dwindle.
Rwandese Olivier Karekezi, Portuguese Rui Nascimento, Italian Giovanni Petraglia, Serbians Goran Kopunovic, Dragon Popadic and Zlatko Krmpotic – the latter formerly at TP Mazembe of DR Congo and Zesco United of Zambia – have all sent their applications.
Former AFC Leopards coach, Belgian Luc Eymael, and current Rayon Sports’ Brazilian tactician Roberto Oliveira had been tagged as favourites before Eymael bolted out of the race to join Egyptian side El Geish SC.
As the search for a head coach continues, the 17-time SportPesa Premier League have put Zico temporarily in charge.
“We are still sieving through the CVs till next week when we shall call for a sitting to zero down on what we have,” Gor Chief Executive Officer Lordvick Aduda said on Friday.
Gor has posted success with coaches from the United Kingdom in recent times, notably Bobby Williamson in 2013 to Frank Nuttall and recently Kerr, a factor Aduda alluded will be considered during the vetting process.
“We want someone who will take Gor Mahia to the next level and have an impact in the Champions League, he has to understand African football,” he offered.