Gor narrows down on two foreign coaches

first_img0Shares0000Former head coach Zdravko Logarusic had applied for the job.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, July 5 – Former Gor Mahia head coach Zdravko Logarusic had expressed interest in returning to the team, but the club’s management has not considered him as they narrow down their search for a new boss to two foreign coaches.The Croatian, who coached the record 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions from 2012 to 2013, had expressed interest in returning to the club he helped to the GOtv Shield and KPL Top 8 titles in his debut season, having left Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko. Gor have now whittled down their search from the initial applicant list of 12 to two, former Simba SC head coach Briton Dylan Kerr and Italian Stephano Maccoppi, who is the immediate former head coach of Romanian second tier side Ceahlăul Piatra Neamt.“We will contact both of them today, listen to their terms and lay out what we have to offer. We will then weigh both and whoever we will agree terms with should be the new head coach. This should happen by latest Thursday and by our next league match, the new man should be here,” Gor Mahia deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala has told Capital Sport.Briton Dylan Kerr has previously managed Tanzania giants Simba SC.PHOTO/courtesyEnglishman Kerr, 50, is a former Leeds United and Reading FC defender and he coached Tanzanian giants Simba in 2015 before parting ways and starting work back at his native England as the Chesterfield FC Under-18 coach.He has also managed Vietnamese top tier side Hải Phòng. Previously, Kerr worked as part of the technical team at the Vietnamese National Team for the Suzuki Cup and Asian Games, assisting the technical bench and heading the Fitness program.His biggest managerial success was leading Hải Phòng to the Veitnamese FA Cup title in his debut season in 2014.Italian Maccoppi will be making his first sojourn to Africa, if he is successfully picked as the new man at the helm of K’Ogalo.The 55-year old former defender has spent most of his coaching time in Switzerland, having worked as an assistant coach at FC Sion, a top Swiss side in 2014.Italian Stephano Maccoppi, who is the immediate former head coach of Romanian second tier side Ceahlăul Piatra Neamt. PHOTO/courtesyHe has previously been head coach at fourth tier side FC Bellinzona, third tier side FC La Chaux-De-Fonds, Yverdon Sport and fifth tier side FC Locarno.K’Ogalo has not had an Italian manager in the recent past while if Kerr is successful, he will be the third Englishman to work at the club with Bobby Williamson and Frank Nuttall having previously held the post.Club legend Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno has been holding forte at the club since the departure of Brazilian Jose Marcelo Ferreira who asked for termination of his contract to join Albanian top tier side KF Tirana.In the league, Otieno has seen the side pick only a point from two games with a loss at the hands of Sofapaka and a draw with Ulinzi Stars last weekend.He has been successful in Cup competitions, leading the side to a 3-1 win over Nairobi Water in the GOtv Shield first round and triumph at the SportPesa Super Cup in Tanzania.Former head coach Zdravko Logarusic had applied for the job.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, the club will be shifting their attention to the history making tie against English Premier League side Everton FC next week Thursday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.Gor will depart the country on Monday with their entire 28-man squad ahead of the duel against Ronald Koeman’s men.“It is a very huge opportunity for the club to play against an EPL opponent. These are players they are used to seeing on TV but getting to actually play against them is a huge privilege. We will go there to compete fully and hope we can win,” Ngala said ahead of the trip.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Whatever happened to Betty Lynn?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “There’s no place like it, unless it’s heaven,” said Lynn, now 81.Despite a career that spanned more than a half-century and saw her starring opposite such luminaries as Bette Davis and Natalie Wood, Lynn remains best known for her turn as Deputy Barney Fife’s steady girl.The daughter of a trained singer, she began acting on radio and fine-tuning her lyric soprano voice in supper clubs at age 14 in her native Kansas City, Mo. At 18, Lynn signed up for the USO Camp Shows and entertained troops in the China-Burma-India theater in the final months of World War II.After the war, she was “discovered” in a Broadway production of “Park Avenue.” Over the next decade, she played a series of daughters: Loretta Young’s in “Mother is a Freshman”; Fred MacMurray’s and Maureen O’Hara’s in “Father was a Fullback”; Clifton Webb’s oldest in “Cheaper by the Dozen.”She was on hiatus from DisneyZZTO’s “Texas John Slaughter” TV show when she got the call to read for the part of Don Knotts’ girlfriend. DisneyZZTO dropped the Western series, but Barney turned out to be a steady date. When Knotts left the show in 1966 to pursue a film career, producers offered to give Thelma Lou a hairdressing salon and another story line.But without Barney, she says, “I didn’t think Thelma Lou made much sense.”The series’ producers apparently didn’t think so, either. Lynn appeared in the 1986 two-hour reunion special, “Return to Mayberry,” in which Thelma Lou and Barney finally got hitched.Lynn went on to play a series of small parts – including Griffith’s secretary in five episodes of “Matlock.” In 1990, she played a nun in the short-lived police series “Shades of LA,” her last dramatic role.Since 2001, Lynn has been coming to the Mayberry Days festival in Mount Airy. Lynn loved the place, but it wasn’t until last year that the thought of staying crossed her mind.“That view is what really took me,” she says. “I kept thinking of all those trees and those mountains.”Earlier this year, the actress traded her three-bedroom, two-bath Spanish-style home in West Hollywood for four rooms in the RidgeCrest retirement community.She has maid service once a week and can have meals brought up to her suite for $2. And she has something she never had in her Hollywood home: air conditioning.Upon her arrival in Hollywood nearly 60 years ago, a studio publicist sat down to interview Lynn. Asked why she wanted to be an actor, Lynn replied, “I want everybody to love me.”For now, she just hopes she’s not a disappointment to Mount Airy.“I’m not Thelma Lou,” she says. “It’s just old me and that’s it. Plain old Betty.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On the drive home from LAX, there was a billboard along La Cienega Boulevard that always gave Betty Lynn a chuckle: “This Ain’t Mayberry!” it declared.As if she needed a reminder of that fact, the West Hollywood home where Lynn had lived since 1950 was broken into twice last year.So the actress who played Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1961 to ’66 moved more than 2,100 miles to Mount Airy, N.C. – Griffith’s hometown and one of the inspirations for the fictional Mayberry.She figures this picturesque town in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains is about as close to Mayberry as she’s going to get.last_img read more