Coach and goalie come to blows after K’Ogalo’s loss
There seems to be very little love to share in the Gor Mahia camp on Valentine’s Day following the team’s loss on Saturday in a Caf Champions League preliminary round match in Nairobi.
Nairobi News understands that coach Frank Nuttall and goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch had an ugly changing room spat that degenerated into a punch up during halftime in the match against Madagascar side CNaPS at the Nyayo National Stadium.
In scenes reminiscent to Jose Mourinho’s bust up with Iker Casillas during the duo’s time at Real Madrid, Oluoch is reported to have uttered the words “you can substitute me instead of blaming me for everything” during the halftime break.
Oluoch was reacting to Nuttall’s criticism that he was to blame for the first goal the team conceded, on the grounds that he didn’t “communicate with his defenders in the run up to that goal.”
The dressing room bust up at K’Ogalo comes just days after the Scottish coach sensationally accused some of his players of sabotage.
As if that is not enough, the relationship between Nuttall and the club bosses has also broken down, leading to his brief resignation and reinstatement a week ago.
A section of players Nairobi News spoke are also of the view that the coach made a tactical error in fielding Khalid Aucho, Abouba Sibomana and Karim Niziyigimana in the match against CNaPS since the trio had only trained for one week in pre-season.
“The coach should have maintained the same team that played against Al Hilal (Sudan), and St Georges (Ethiopia) in pre-season, they are in a better shape,” one of the players, who requested anonymity, said.
The club management has also taken some flak from club fans for signing up some players after the closure of the Caf Champions League registration.
The players in question are Francis Kahata, Jackson Saleh and Jacques Tuyisenge who are now ineligible to feature in the competition.