The gaffer will not be continuing with the Aba side next season after both parties could not agree on a new deal
Gbenga Ogunbote reveals that a breakdown in negotiation with Enyimba saw him depart the former Nigeria Professional Football League champions.
Ogunbote joined the People’s Elephants from Shooting Stars before the commencement of the 2016-17 season and led them to a third place league finish, thus, securing a Caf Confederation Cup ticket.
But the coach elected to walk away from the former league champions after both parties failed to agree on terms of a new deal.
Culled by Ike Onwubuya
Enugu – Rangers International Football Club of Enugu and Enyimba International FC of Aba on Sunday drew 1-1 draw in a week 37 match of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The visiting Enyimba surprised the hosts with good resilience from the first to the last blast of the referee’s whistle in the match played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
The visitors even put much more pressure on their hosts in the opening minutes, resulting in a penalty kick for them in the 23rd minute, which Ikechukwu Ibenegwu brilliantly converted. Rangers fought back in the second half, forcing the visitors to commit a defensive blunder in the 87th minute for a penalty kick which Chibuzo Madu converted for the equaliser. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Rangers’ fans wildly celebrated the equaliser, after having lost all hopes of their team coming back into the match. Speaking later, Rangers’ Team Manager, Ameobi Ezeaku, thanked the fans for believing in the team even in a difficult match. Ezeaku, however, said the match was a difficult one for his team, praising his players for fighting relentlessly to get the draw. Enyimba’s coach Gbenga Ogunbote, on his part, said it was painful for him that a last-minute defensive blunder cost his team victory and the three maximum points. “It is unfortunate that we did not clinically conclude this match. However, our goal of picking a ticket to play on the continent in 2018 will be pursued to the last match,’’ Ogunbote assured.(NAN)
By Izuchukwu Okosi:
More tributes are still pouring in for the late coach Kelechi Emeteole who gave up the fight against throat cancer on Wednesday. This time, his former player, Enugu Rangers midfielder Godwin Aguda, whose career at the Flying Antelopes was made possible by ‘Caterpillar’, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Aguda has expressed sadness on the death of the one-time Heartland, El Kanemi and Enyimba coach who died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“I couldn’t hold back the tears when I heard about his death. He influenced me a lot on and off the field and it is not easy to forget that kind of man.
“Emeteole signed me two years ago, in April 2015 and I was close to him. We will miss him,” Aguda added in an emotion-laden voice.
On Wednesday, the midfielder wrote a heart-felt tribute to Emeteole on his Facebook.
“The man dat God also used to give light in my career. I will 4ever remember you Kelechi Emetole A.K.A Nigeria Caterpillar.
“May ur soul rest in peace IJN Amen ????????.”