Black Leopards coach Dylan Kerr, who recently relocated to South Africa, lived in a rented house in Nairobi’s Kileleshwa estate, but which had no electricity or water, The Nairobian can reveal.
During his 16-month stay at the helm of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions, the Briton was for some months forced to swim in the morning as the only means of bathing his 51-year old body. At times, he lacked bus fare to the team’s training grounds in Eastlands and was forced to jog from Kileleshwa to Camp Toyoyo in Jericho, creating the illusion of a fitness-conscious mzungu. Gor has since been locked out of Camp Toyoyo over unpaid fees.
For food, the roadside vibanda at Yahya Centre came in handy for the man who led K’Ogalo to win two back-to-back KPL championships, and a remarkable record in continental competitions.
Never mind, Ker in the Luo language means ‘the President’ and he often referred to himself as Gor Mahia president in promotional video, like the one aired ahead of the team’s trip to Goodison Park in England where they suffered a 4-0 thrashing by Everton.
Kerr confirmed his tribulations through text message correspondence with The Nairobian after leaving K’Ogalo in mid-November for the Black Leopards FC of South Africa.
Gor Mahia organising secretary Judith Nyangi revealed that “Kerr is the only coach who could have persevered at Gor Mahia. Imagine a coach staying in a house without electricity and water, and having to bathe in a swimming pool because of rent arrears,” Nyangi wrote, in the wake of Kerr’s resignation.