Ex-Gor Boss Ze Maria Eyes Success With FK Tirana
NAIROBI, Kenya- Immediate former Gor Mahia FC Head Coach Jose Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira, is eyeing success with Albanian second tier side FK Tirana.
The Brazilian resigned at the record SportPesa Premier League champions on Thursday to take up the job in Albania.
Tirana were relegated at the close of the 2016/17 season from the Albanian top flight.
By virtue of winning the domestic cup where they beat Skenderbue Korce in the final, they will take part in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League first round qualifiers.
“The primary objective of the club is to return to the Superiore (first tier) and another goal is to pass the first round in the Europa League.
“I came here for the goal of the club, I came to return the fans and this is done only with beautiful football, which will bring the return to the Superiore,” the 25-time capped retired Brazilian international right-midfielder and right-back said.
“We’ll find the first category day after day. We must first get acquainted with the methodology of work and then we will see.
“We will all know it all together and it is positive that half of the matches are played at home with a very good infrastructure,” Ze Maria added upon being unveiled on Saturday.
The former Brazilian international was hired alongside compatriots Marco Aurelio and trainer Rafael Costa who worked with him at K’Ogalo.
Ze Maria was hired by the 15-time Kenyan champions in March 2016 and led them to a second finish in the 2016 SPL, the 2017 KPL Super Cup and last Sunday (June 11) the 2017 SportPesa Super Cup crown in Tanzania.