Stuttering Kenyan champions Gor Mahia have parted ways with their Portuguese head coach Manuel Vaz Pinto on mutual consent.
Pinto jetted out of the country on Friday night leaving his assistant Sammy Omolo to take charge of the team for the remainder of the season.
The Portuguese had an offer from Portugal Division Two side, CD Nacional, and is reportedly set to join the club. He leaves Gor Mahia in the fourth position with 39 points and with nine games to go, the reigning champions trail leaders Tusker FC by 11 points.
Pinto took over as Gor coach in January 2021, he replaced Brazilian Roberto Oliveira whose qualification was questioned after CAF barred him from sitting on the bench during CAF matches.
"It is true the coach has left. He requested that we release him so that he can attend to some family issues back home. 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, he jetted out on Friday evening. Sammy Omolo will be in charge for the remainder of the season," a club official told Mozzart Sport.
The Portuguese's reign has largely been a tough one due to offfield issues like the financial challenges the team is currently facing. He however managed to lead the team to an FKF Cup title on Sunday when they defeated arch-rivals AFC Leopards in the final via pst-match penalties.
Pinto's last assignment as Gor Mahia coach was the 2-1 defeat to Tusker on Thursday and was particularly mad with the manner in which they lost the game, he questioned the decision to award Tusker a corner kick from which they scored the winning goal in stoppage time, Tusker player George Odhiambo appeared to have had the last touch on the ball but somehow they got a corner from which Eugene Asike headed home.
Club legend Sammy Omolo will once again be tasked with leading the team on an interim basis, his first assignment will be against Nairobi City Stars on 17th June.