By Jacob Ajom
President of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, Bitrus Bewarang has called on the Nigeria Football Federation and, in particular, the League Management Company to halt the rate at which Nigerian club coaches were being sacked.
No fewer than five coaches have lost their jobs in the 14 week-old season and at the rate the trend is unfolding, more are bound to follow.
Franklin Howard was the first to go after 3SC sacked him for ‘non-performance’, then Rangers kicked out Kelechi Emeteole, Solomon Ogbeide lost his job at Bayelsa and Erasmus Onu was also asked to go by the management of Heartland.
Bewarang frowned at the manner the coaches were being kicked out of their jobs without paying them off. “While we cannot stop them from sacking their coaches, clubs must respect their contractual obligations to these coaches. They should be paid off, if they have to go,”Bewarang said.
“The Nigeria Football Federation and the League Management Company must, as a matter of urgency look into the fate of these coaches.”
Apart from the case of job insecurity, Bewarang also frowned at the return of violence to match venues. “What is happening?” he asked. “The fans are becoming unruly, in the name of supporters,” the Nigerian coaches boss said, observing that “Gbenga Ogunbote was forced out of Sharks by club supporters while only last week, Kadiri Ikhana was manhandled by fans in Ibadan. This has to stop and the LMC can see to this.”