Monday, June 21, 2010

Akpokona Faces Sack At Warri Wolves

Head coach of Warri Wolves, Lawrence Akpokona, could be thrown into the unemployment market at the end of this season’s campaign by the club’s management, can reveal.
Warri Wolves is currently 10 points behind Premier League leader, Enyimba of Aba, and the club’s management is unhappy with the situation and has told the coaching crew to sit or face being shown the exit door at the end of this season.
A source at the club disclosed to our correspondent that the club at the start of the season had given Akpokona the mandate of winning the league title and reaching the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Both targets are looking like mountains to climb for the Warri-based club after it was bundled out of the CAF Confederation Cup in the hands of CAPS United of Zimbabwe on May 9.
The Delta State Sports Commission chairman, Amaju Pinnick, is said to be especially angry by the recent performances of the team in the Premier League, which has seen the side win just three games in its last five matches.
Apart from being 10 points behind the league leader, Warri Wolves is in fifth position and failure to finish in the top three would mean no continental berth for the club next year.
“The club management especially the Delta State Sports Commission chairman, Amaju Pinnick is not happy with the team’s performance this season. They have crashed out of the Confederation Cup and now they are not doing well as hoped in the league. So he is not happy. If the team fails to do well in the league, the contracts of the coaches may not be extended,” said an official of the club, who would not want to be quoted.
But Akpokona has two games to redeem himself by picking the last continental ticket ahead of clubs such as Kwara United, Niger Tornadoes, Sunshine Stars and Enugu Rangers.
Warri Wolves confronts Kaduna United at home and travels to Akure to face Sunshine Stars in its last game of the season.

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