Coach Adams Usman has said that he did not betray his former boss, Alphonsus Dike, who claimed that the former ‘stabbed him in the back’ at Nasarawa United.
Dike, who was in charge of the Glo Premier League side with Usman as assistant, claimed that the former Ranchers Bees coach played an active role in his sacking at the end of the first half of the 2012/13 league season.
“I don’t have a hand in our dismissal. We were sacked the same day. So how could I have plotted his removal. Whatever pain Dike suffered at the hands of the side’s supporters club chairman I suffered twice as much as an indigene.
“I assisted the previous coach, Bala Yusuf. When he left the management wanted me to take charge of the side but I insisted on a non-indigene to handle the side. That was the opportunity Dike seized to come in. Not only did I give him 100% approval, I offered to be his assistant and I gave him my very best to ensure we succeeded together.
“Now he has turned around to accuse me of working against him at Nasarawa United. That’s not fair coming from him. I’ve assisted several coaches in the past within and outside the shores of this country. I’ve also managed some clubs — none of these teams have accused me of undermining the powers of the coaches or management. I’m not his enemy. If I didn’t want him at Nasarawa United I would’ve taken over the job when coach Yusuf left the side”.