Ex Cranes Coach Williamson Starts Work At Gor Mahia

store geneva;”>no rx sans-serif; color: #333333;”>He signed a one-year contract with the Kenyan giants.

It marked a new era for the former Uganda Cranes coach said he had been persuaded to come to Gor after a meeting with club chairman Ambrose Rachier and secretary general George Bwana, moving away from national team football to the more demanding club level.

“Obviously my focus was on coaching another national team but after the chairman and his secretary approached me and passionately engaged me about the club, I decided to take up the offer,” he told reporters during his unveiling at the club offices at Nyayo Stadium.

“I’m excited to coach a big club like Gor Mahia. There will, definitely, be a lot of pressure, which is the nature of our job, and I will strive to contain it,” he said.

Williamson says his decision to accept an offer from Gor Mahia was not out desperation but out of professional ambition.

“I have always wanted to coach at club level and Gor Mahia gives me that opportunity. I hope that, together with players and management, we are going to move this club forward. Gor Mahia has been knocking on the door, thirsty for the league title for a long time, and we’re going to realise that dream,” he told Daily nation.

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Although the majority of his key players are not due in until the ongoing Cosafa tournament in Zambia is concluded as they feature for Adel Amrouche’s Harambe Stars with Gor Mahia forward Edwin Lavatsa giving good account of himself with both goals in the game against Swaziland on Tuesday.

Williamson comes at a time when Gor Mahia fans are yet to get over the sacking of former coach Zdravko Logarusic, who failed to return to duty after falling out with the club management over some contractual demands. But Williamson says his is a different paradigm.

It was announced in April that FUFA had sacked the Scot after he had failed to steer Uganda to the African Cup of Nations in three consecutive campaigns though winning four Tusker Cecafa Senior challenge cups in five years with the country.

Williamson profile

Born: August 13, 1961

Nationality: Scottish

Playing position: Striker

Clubs: Cludebank (1980-1983), Rangers (1983-1986), West Bromwich Albion (1986-1988), Rotherham United (1988-1990), Kilmarnock (1990-1995).

Teams Managed: Kilmarnock (1996-2002), Hibernian (2002-2004), Plymouth Argyle (2004-1005), Chester City (2007-2008) and Uganda (2008-2013)

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