2023/2024 NPFL: Kwara United beefs up technical crew

Posted : 10 January 2024

The management of Kwara United has reshuffled the technical crew as former team captain and coach, Coach Tunde Sanni Salihu, returns as the Chief Coach.

Saliu was, until his appointment, the Chief Coach of Abia Warriors Football Club in Abia state and is the Kwara State Chairman of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA).

It should be noted that the technical crew, led by Kabir Sulaiman Dogo, was given a three-match ultimatum immediately after a goalless draw against Niger Tornadoes in Ilorin due to a poor run of results.

At a meeting held at the FA Office to review the club's performance after the ultimatum, which the management deemed poor with just one win out of three; a 2-1 win against Plateau United and two losses, 2-1 against Pillars in Kano and a 0-2 loss to Lobi Stars in Ilorin on Sunday, the shake-up was approved.

Coach Dogo retains his position as Technical Adviser and will now be assisted by Coach Sanni as Chief Coach, while Coach Olaniyi Mukaila Shittu also retains his position as Assistant Coach.

Coach Bolaji Abdulkadri will now be in charge of Kwara United's junior team.

The Chairman of the Club, Kumbi Titiloye, said that the arrangements became necessary to return the team to winning ways. He charged the players and the technical crew to brace up and compensate for the commitment of the government and stakeholders.

"I have never witnessed the type of performance you are putting up in my five years in charge. How do you repay the government and the stakeholders for the hard-earned taxpayers' money being spent on the team?"

Titiloye charged the players against involvement in betting and attitudes that will undermine their abilities on and off the field of play.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the FA, Mallam Idris Abdullahi Musa Thuraya, said that the football controlling body will continue to do everything possible to ensure the team gets the best, especially in relation to its duties before, during, and after matches.

A prominent football stakeholder, High Chief Alloy Chukwuemeka, who said that the performance of the team was far below expectations, reminded the players that Kwarans are not happy.

"It's an open fact that the management is providing you with the right atmosphere to play, grow, and add value to the team. Therefore, you need to search yourself, make corrections, and raise your game."

The Captain, Bamidele Aiyenugba, and the Assistant Captain, Kabir Balogun, along with the other players pledged to promote unity and togetherness and be committed to the cause of the team.



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