Monday, January 04, 2010

Anxiety Mounts At Kaduna Utd

The pressure is beginning to crank up on the players and officials of Premier League’s basement side, Kaduna United, understands.
Furious with the performance of the team, the supporters and management board of the club are demanding that the players and backroom staff led by Belgian coach, Maurice Cooreman, give them something to cheer in this New Year.
An official of the club informed that the coaching crew could be handed a five-match ultimatum to turn things around when the Premier League gets underway this weekend in 10 venues across Nigeria.
Attempts to speak to the club’s chairman, Sabo Babayaro, who also doubles as a board member of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), was unfruitful since he telephone rang without response.
Kaduna United is current rooted at the bottom of the Premier League with nine points from 11 games.
“The pressure is much on us here now after the team finished bottom of the Premier League last year. Though we still have a chance to improve on our position, the players and coaches have been put under pressure to perform within the next five matches or we don’t know what will happen next,” the official revealed.
One of the club’s top players, who did not want his name in print, also disclosed that it is unfortunate that in-fighting within the board and the coaches of the club cost the side some points during the season so far.
He also blamed some of the board members of the club’s management for politicizing virtually every decision to be taken concerning the club, which has invariably affected the dressing room and backroom staff. was made to understand that some of the indigenous coaches at the outset of the season were working against Cooreman since some of their players were not considered good enough for first team places in the side.
“There’s division in the dressing room at the moment. The coaches from the start of the season did not work together and things are not going well. But the board is pretending that things are fine but we know the truth and I must say that if things do not improve then Kaduna United could be heading for relegation,” the player said.
In spite of the club having two back-to-back home games against Gombe United and Niger Tornadoes, the player said it counts for nothing since there is division within the fold of the club.
However, the bombshell could land on the club soon, as Cooreman, a former coach of Enyimba and Ocean Boys, may have started looking outwards in search of a new job since he is not guaranteed at Kaduna United.

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