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Day’s after a major reshuffling in the Gor Mahia technical bench, Matthew Owino Ottamax has told Kenyanstar that ‘unnamed forces’ forced him out of the club.
Ottamax, a key figure in Gor Mahia’s last three season’s, reportedly fell out with the club’s head coach, Jose “Ze Maria” Ferreira, forcing the club to dismiss him alongside assistant coach Tom Ogweno. Ottamax, a former Kenyan international, however refuted claims that he had been sacked.
“Cartels forced me out of the club,” Ottamax said in an exclusive interview, adding, “A couple of days ago, there were false reports in the press that I turned up for training while drunk. That is certainly not true.” Ottamax, told Kenyanstar that his relationship with the club’s current Organizing Secretary Judith Nyangi was severed, as he did not approve of her modus operandi.
“There are lots of lies that have been propagated by among other people the current organizing secretary. She has handled lots of club matters very casually. Whilst she claims that I turned up for training drunk, she is the one who instead drinks in the presence of players. What example is she setting?” Ottamax posed.
“Tom Ogweno and I were fired and instead some people related to her(Judith Nyangi) were hired. That in itself says a lot,” Ottamax said. The goalkeeper trainer who is currently at newly promoted side Nakumatt, said that prior to his departure from the club early this year, he received information from some officials that the coach no longer wanted him at the club, after he had turned up for a morning training session.
“I didn't want to create an instability, nor wrangles within the club. Sensing that matters were not moving on well, I left peacefully,” the former Kenyan international shot stopper said.
Despite his severed relationship with current coach Jose Ferreira, Ottamax hailed the Brazilian’s abilities, saying that he was a ‘very good tactical coach.’