Carlos Manuel Vaz Pinto left his role as Gor Mahia head coach on Friday owing to pressure from his family, club chairman Ambrose Rachier has disclosed.
The Kenyan Champions parted ways on mutual consent with Vaz Pinto on Friday, according to a communique from the club, the 46-year-old flying out to Portugal on the same night.
“I think it is something to do with family pressure. Family reasons, that is what he gave to us. We just had a mutual agreement at his request,” Rachier said in a phone interview.
The Portuguese has for long been under pressure from his wife and was subdued in the course of the week, asking for departure from the club.
“I think they are saying the wife works there, we offered that she can come to visit buy she says she can’t come because she is working full time,” Rachier, a lawyer by profession disclosed.
“He says it is difficult for the family. He has put it in writing. That he wants to go because of family.”
Vaz Pinto who signed for Gor Mahia in January 2021, leaves the club having led them to Cup glory and securing a ticket back to the Confederations Cup.
The Portuguese leaves K’Ogalo in fourth place on 39 points, 11 adrift of leaders Tusker with just nine games to go and his last assignment was the 2-1 defeat wat to The Brewers on Thursday in which he was appalled by the officiating.
“I will confirm with the video but what I feel here, this is not fair. We don’t deserve this. But congratulations to Tusker they won but they don’t deserve the win. That is my opinion,” Vaz Pinto said after the match.
Reports in his home country have linked him with a move to the Madeira-based club of CD Nacional which takes part in the Portuguese second-tier.
“We also understand that he has an offer from a second-tier team in Portugal and as the management we decided to let him leave,” an unnamed club official is quoted by Mozzart Sport.
His assistant and Gor Mahia legend Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo will take charge of the side for the remainder of the season and his first assignment away to Nairobi City Stars on July 17.