Sunday, July 19, 2009

Kwara Utd Unveils Tenger Monday

Newly-promoted Nigeria Premier League (NPL) side, Kwara United, would officially unveil its new head coach, Justin Tenger, in Ilorin today.
Spokesman of Kwara United, Jimoh Bashir, told our correspondent that Tenger was short listed alongside Godwin Uwua, but the Ilorin-based side opted to sign the former Gombe United.
But Bashir could not state the reasons that informed the club management’s choice of Tenger over Uwua, but it may not be unconnected with the coach’s performance at Niger Tornadoes, which he helped climb the Premier League log from a relegation position to end in fifth.
Tenger would replace Kwara United’s outgoing coach, John Obuh, who already taken up a national team assignment as head coach of the Golden Eaglets.
“On Friday, the club announced Justin Tenger as the new coach of the team for the new season. You know that our coach that took us to the Premier League is John Obuh. Coach Obuh is now the coach of the Under-17 national team and the management thought it will not be proper to distract him by still engaging him as our coach for next season.
“But by Monday, Tenger will be unveiled as our new coach. The unveiling ceremony will hold on Monday (today) at the Kwara Stadium in Ilorin by 10.00 am. It is at the unveiling that the details of the deal would make known to the world,” Bashir said.
It was also understood that the new Kwara United handler has been contracted for just one season.
In a related development, last minute attempts by the management of Niger Tornadoes to keep its coach for another season did not materialise.
Our correspondent learnt that Tenger, who was also a target of Lobi Stars, had rebuffed attempts to leave Niger Tornadoes until his squad’s list was tampered with.
Tenger had claimed that the management of Niger Tornadoes placed some of the club’s players on the transfer window without his consent and the coach deemed that singular act as interference in his job.
It would be recalled that Tenger had told our correspondent in an interview recently that he has not worked where players are foisted on him by the management of such clubs.
The newly-appointed coach of Kwara United, Tenger, however, refused to make any comment as regards his move from Minna to Ilorin.
“I don’t think I need to say anything now until when the deal is made official next week,” he said.

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