Oliveira while at Gor Mahia in 2020. Photo courtesy.

Rewind: When Vipers’ new coach Oliveira was disqualified by CAF while at Gor Mahia for lack of qualifications in 2020

Rewind: When Vipers’ new coach Oliveira was disqualified by CAF while at Gor Mahia for lack of qualifications in 2020

Uganda Premier League giants Vipers SC on Friday afternoon announced Brazilian tactician Roberto Oliveira Goncalves as their new head coach replacing Fred Kajoba who resigned before the end of the previous season to put a full stop on rapid romours that had linked Mike Mutebi to the Venoms.

This website however has taken a further step to know more about the Brazilian’s coaching career.

In November 2020 while at Kenya Premier League giants Gor Mahia FC as their new coach after his formal introduction to the team at the Two Rivers in Nairobi on October 12, 2020, he was disqualified by CAF prior to their champions league match against Rwanda side APR FC.

CAF wrote to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the K’Ogalo asking to have his CAF A licence, or else he would not be allowed to handle the team.

According to Standard media.co.ke sports In Kenya, a source then who did not want to be named, disclosed that Oliveira wasn’t qualified to handle CAF matches.

“Gor Mahia are in trouble, they don’t have a qualified coach for their Caf assignment. CAF has written to FKF asking his qualification but he has papers from Brazil.

Disclosed the source.

However, days later, the Brazilian came out in full defence claiming he had a coaching experience of 25 years as a way of hitting back at CAF and the FKF.

“Listen I don’t talk about this story, but I prefer to talk about my players and my preparations and because two years or three years ago, I worked in the Champions League with Rayon Sports in Rwanda,” Oliveira told the Kenyan press then.

“I qualified Stade Tunisien of Tunisia for Confederation Cup, okay I know sometimes in football it has more problems, but it is not a big problem.

“Because I have experience as an ex-player in the national team and also as a coach in 25 years and the last time here [in Nairobi with Rayon Sports], against Gor Mahia, I think everybody remembers very well about this game, and me too, because strong Gor Mahia was a strong team and we beat them 2-1.

“I accepted to come to Gor Mahia because they are a strong team, I trust too much Gor Mahia and I came here to win every time and I have a good relationship with the club chairman, we are friends, and I come here to give my maximum for the club and win matches and trophies.

“It is my history in football and after five years I stop my career as a coach but I still have four years to finish my job in football, and during three years in Rwanda I won three or four titles and reached Cup final, and it is my objective here to do well also.”

On confirming Oliveira did not have the correct qualifications, Mwendwa the Kenya FA president said,

“After employing the coach, the law states that the clubs must submit their papers and documents to FKF and that must be accompanied by payment of Ksh100 000.

“They know all these because through club licensing process that is made very clear.

“Gor Mahia presented the coach’s papers and we then sent them to Caf and we have seen their reaction. Caf is very clear that even if the papers are put through the equalisation process, they do not meet the standards.

“That means he will not be on the bench for all Gor Mahia matches including the Champions League and the Premier League.

“He can only coach at the training ground or do some consultancy away from the touchline but he will never be allowed to be on the touchline during games.”

Caf then outlined a possible ban that Gor Mahia were likely to face if they failed to abide by the orders.

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