Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NPL newcomers, Crown FC, sack coach

Nigeria Premier League debutants, Crown Football Club of Ogbomosho, have fired their chief coach, Godfrey Esu.
Chairman of the club, Gabriel Babalola, confirmed the sack of Esu on Tuesday morning from the team’s base in Ilaro.
He disclosed that the former Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) gaffer was relieved of his appointment before the start of the season due to anti-club activities.
When SuperSport.com asked Babalola what he meant by anti-club activities, he responded that Esu has been inciting the playing personnel to rise up in rebellion against the management of Crown FC led by him.
“We have been following his activities for a while I must say that we are not impressed with him. We have warned him severally but he persisted in inciting the players against the club. And as a way to curtail that we had to relieve him of his appointment since no individual is bigger than the club,” said the Crown FC chief.
Reacting to his sack, Esu pointed out that he is a victim of circumstance, adding that he was allegedly sack for demanding payment for outstanding contract fees from last season after helping the side win promotion to the top-flight.
He told SuperSport.com that he will leave the team’s camp for Lagos and will take up his case against the club at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Players’ Status and Arbitration Committee.
“I don’t know it is a crime to ask for what you deserve. I was sacked on Monday because I asked for my outstanding signing-on fee from last season, which is 60 per cent of the total pay. And I must say I never tried to incite any player because they are owing those players,” he said.

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