Kwara United sack two coaches to boost continental hopes

The Board of Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin on Friday relieved two coaches of their job and appointed two new ones to beef up the chances of the club to qualify the club for the continental game in 2023.

PUNCH Sports Extra gathered that the board sacked Messrs Ashifat Sulaiman and Taofeek Babatunde for the rest of the ongoing season.

Until recently, Ashifat was the chief coach of the team while Babatunde was the assistant coach. Both men had been in charge of the team since 2019.

Confirming the development to the media team on Friday, the Club’s Chairman, Kumbi Titiloye said that the step taken by the Board became imperative to ensure total commitment in the team.

“The chief coach, Ashifat Sulaiman, and the assistant coach, Taofeek Babatunde have been asked to step aside because of the negligence of duty, as well as the pursuit of more effectiveness.

“We are very much aware that the season is nearing completion, but adjustments towards obtaining effectiveness can be done anytime, especially as remaining fixtures are enough for the team to make a more positive impact.” Kumbi Titiloye explained.

Titiloye said that the two coaches have been replaced with new coaches; Ijaiya Lookman and Mukaila Olaniyi.

Ijaiya and Olaniyi were before now, head coach and assistant coach of the junior team respectively.

“We have elevated the head coach of our U-15 team, coach Ijaiya Lookman, and his assistant, coach Mukaila Olaniyi, pending when substantive appointments would be made at the end of the season,” Titiloye added.

Titiloye charged the newly elevated coaches to make a positive difference and justify the confidence reposed in them by the Board.

Kwara United are currently sixth on the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League table with 40 points and will host Shooting Stars Sports Club on Matchday 28 on Sunday in Ilorin.

 However, when contacted  the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Bola Magaji said he did not have any  knowledge of the incident as he is yet to receive any official report on the issue

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