Sammy Omollo

Current Club
Job Title Assistant Head Coach
Nationality
Place Of Birth Kenya

Career

Club Job Title From To
Gor Mahia FC
Assistant Coach December 11, 2020
Posta Rangers
Head Coach January 1, 2019 January 20, 2021
KCB
Head Coach February 6, 2018 December 18, 2019

Samuel "Pamzo" Omollo is a former Kenya international football defender who played for clubs in Kenya and India. He is currently the assistant coach of Gor Mahia , and he is also a football analyst at Radio Jambo FM, which is a broadcast radio station from Nairobi.

Born on May 30th, 1970, Sammy Omollo was raised in Park road estate in Ngara, where his nickname was "Pamzo". He is the son of Dishon Omollo, who also captained Harambee Stars and retired with quite some remarkable international games to his name.

Omollo quickly took his position in cricket as an all-rounder, meaning that he could throw the ball, could hit it again as a batsman. But later, his passion for cricket fazed off when he joined Githumu high school in Murang’a County and found out other friends who were good in football like Douglas Karanja who later played with him at Kenya Breweries and Charles Machiwa.

Omollo began his senior professional career there and making his Kenyan Premier League debut for Kenya Breweries F.C. in 1990. In 1992, he joined rivals Gor Mahia FC for two seasons before returning to Kenya Breweries. Omollo helped Kenya Breweries reach the final of the 1994 African Cup Winners' Cup. In 1992, Gormahia convinced his late father Dishon Omollo that K’ogallo was the way to go.

He turned out for Gor till 1994 then returned to Kenya Breweries after winning the Kenyan Premier League in 1993. He played for Kenya Breweries up to 1996 and won the Kenyan Premier League in his final year with the Brewers.

Omollo later moved to India and signed a professional contract with National Football League side East Bengal FC in 1996. He officially became the first Kenyan footballer to play in the Indian highest-tier football league. With Red and Gold Brigade, he twice won the Calcutta Football League and the IFA Shield before leaving the side in 1998 for city rivals Mohun Bagan, with whom he won the Calcutta Football League again, and the shield too.

After spending two tremendous successful seasons in Indian football, he moved to Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan AC for another three seasons deal.

In 2001, just after returning back to Kenya, he joined Gor Mahia again and here they badly needed his experience both as a player and as a coach.

Omolo began his coaching career here with Gor Mahia, with responsibilities of also doubling up as a player. In 2002, Kenya Pipeline F.C. hired his services. He helped Vincent ‘yaro’ Ogejo, and Joe ‘siti’ Odongo captain the side.

After he retired from playing, Omollo became a full-time manager and led Mahakama to the Kenyan Premier League. He was appointed manager of Tusker in late 2010. While at Tusker FC he won the Kenyan Premier League title in the year 2011.

From 2012 to 2015, life in coaching became ups and downs. He coached the now-disbanded Oserian fast and SoNy Sugar. Later, he went to the lower division sides and coached Zetech University before his former club in India came calling.

He went back to Kolkatta and managed East Bengal FC in the I-League as an assistant coach. He won the Calcutta Football League there as a coach, previously he had won it as a player. Just like he did it in Kenya, he returned to India and did it again.

He silently jetted back to Kenya after falling out with the Indian club’s hierarchy and eventually settled at Kenyan Premier League outfit Posta Rangers in 2016. He was with the club for several years until 2001, when Posta Rangers sacked him due to their bad performances.

In February 2021, Omollo appointed on Kenyan champions Gor Mahia's duty as an assistant coach.

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