Gor Mahia assistant coach in charge at cash- strapped Gor
Gor Mahia assistant coach Patrick Odhiambo will take full charge of K’Ogalo when they play their 12th league match on Sunday against Posta Rangers at Narok Stadium.
Odhiambo, popularly known as ‘Luwowo’ is a title winner with Sony Sugar as a player back in 2006 and joined Gor to replace Zedekiah Otieno at the end of last season following an impressive run in Awendo.
The soft-spoken tactician has bid his time under Englishman Steven Polack but has finally got his moment in the limelight following Polack’s 10-day vacation in his motherland.
Odhiambo has a tricky task ahead in the sole match he’ll be in charge before Polack returns.
The team, creaking under accrued salary debt is light following the flight of lead striker Gnamien Yikpe and Ghanaian Francis Afriyie’s absence.
Other squad members unavailable for selection are Kennedy Otieno, who lost his father and Maurice Ojwang, who has requested to leave the club.
Odhiambo predictably played down the hype around his role in Polack’s absence and urged his players to maintain the focus displayed throughout the season, saying: “It is normal when someone is away for others to play his role so there is nothing special.
We have a routine which we’ll follow to achieve the maximum points. It is just like the playing unit. When a player is out injured or unavailable another one steps in.
I like the idea of coaching Gor but I cannot get carried away by a temporary role. I’ve learnt a lot under the head coach and I’m eager for him to get back.”