Sunday, September 05, 2010

Ganiyu Salami replaces Akande at Crown FC

Crown Football Club has appointed former Golden Eaglets’ coach, Ganiyu Salami, to take charge for the new season as head coach, thereby leaving former handler, Niyi Akande, in the cold. understands that Akande has been relieved of his position and Salami resumed last week with the Premier League newcomer.
Akande, who was in Ibadan, when contacted claimed that he still remains with the club as head coach apparently unaware of the change in guard that had occurred in his absence.
It was learnt that Akande had obtained a casual leave to attend his brother’s burial in London.
Salami last held the position of head coach at relegated Ranch Bees last season though he left the club before the end of the season citing lack of commitment on the part of the managers of the Kaduna team.
However, Crown FC has retained the services of Godfrey Esu. He will be working with Salami in the coming season.
Two new coaches were also appointed this month to help the duo of Esu and Salami.
Former Gateway Football Club, David Egbiri and ex-junior international, Oladunni Oyekale, will join Crown FC’s backroom staff as assistant coaches.
Also, the club sent some of its old players and staff for training courses at the Nigerian Institute for Sports (NIS) in Lagos.
Crown FC explained that the decision to send some of its older playing personnel and staff on refresher courses was borne out of the human development policy of the club aimed at empowering those on its payroll for serving the side.

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