Brazilian Jose “Ze Maria” Fereira has resigned as Gor Mahia’s head coach with immediate effect.

The grapevine has been rife that the tactician had not been happy at the club concerning financial matters but a top official, who sought anonymity, refuted the reports.

“We can confirm Ze Maria has resigned but it’s totally false to read reports that he was owed any monies.We owe nothing to Ze Maria who last week asked for permission to attend to family matters only to come back and drop the bombshell that he was leaving.”

“As a club we have nothing against him but we feel the timing was wrong, especially now that we were preparing for the second leg,” the source said.

Ze Maria was on a $4 500 a month contract that excluded a $1 500 house allowance and other bonuses.

He was appointed Gor Mahia head coach in March 2016 at a time Gor Mahia were struggling in the league as a replacement for Frank Nutall, who resigned after losing to AFC Leopard in the Mashemeji Derby.

He led Gor to a second place finish in the league behind Tusker. He won the Super Cup earlier this year after beating the Brewers in the season curtain raiser and led Gor Mahia to the SportPesa Super Cup triumph on Sunday after whipping AFC Leopards 3-0 in the final.

According to club officials, assistant coach Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno will take charge until the appointment of another coach at the club.