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Duke Udi sacked at Sunshine Stars coach

March 14, 2018

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Duke Udi
Duke Udi

The head coach of Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure, Duke Udi, has been sacked after an alleged misconduct and insubordination.

Consequently, the former coach of the team, Henry Abiodun has been asked to take over the team.

This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the state Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Mr Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye and made available to journalists in Akure, on Tuesday.

Yusuf-Ogunleye said the decision to sack Udi was sequel to letters received from the Ondo State Football Agency over the act of insubordination and gross misconduct.

He said the decision to sack the coach was taken at the meeting of the management and board of the team.

“Following a letter received from the management board of Ondo State Football Agency on misconduct and insubordination of the head coach of the Sunshine Stars Duki Udi, has been asked to step aside,”Tusuf-Ogunleye said in the statement.

“The  management, board and the Ministry of Youth and Sports management at a joint meeting today [Tuesday] agreed that coach Duki UDdi should step aside with effect from today, 13th March and the Technical Director of the team, coach Henry  Abiodun with CAF licence A should lead the team,” the statement said.

Reacting to the development, Udi told journalists by phone that he had not been contacted on the matter, saying that he had just left the team’s training at the time.

“If it is so, that is no problem. I have one year contract with the team and if anybody is asking me to leave, they must respect my contract and pay my money.

“Leaving is not a problem. I just left training and nobody told me anything like that, but if stepping aside is the next thing, they have to pay me because I have a year contract running,” Udi stated.

Meanwhile, Niger Tornadoes of Minna Coach, Abubakar Bala, has been appointed as the new Technical Adviser of Kwara United FC of Ilorin.

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A statement by the Media Officer of the club, Abdulwaheed Bibire, confirmed this on Tuesday in Ilorin.

He said Bala replaces John Obuh who recently resigned following the poor performance of the club in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Bala is expected to be unveiled to the public today at the Indoor Hall of Kwara State Stadium Complex, Ilorin.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Bala was relieved of his duties at Niger Tornadoes before the commencement of the 2017/2018 NPFL season.

He qualified the team for the 2017 Aiteo Cup final and lost on penalties to Akwa United in the finals played at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.

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