Lagos - Maurice Cooreman is no stranger to Nigerian football after spending over a decade coaching nine clubs in the elite class, Supersport reports.
After three years at Nigerdock Academy, where he tutored Omo Monday and Manneseh Ishaku, his romance with the league started with Gabros in 2003
Cooreman has won the league with defunct Ocean Boys in 2006 and Enyimba in 2007.
In 2009, he returned to the country after a stint at Ghanaian heavyweights, Asante Kotoko and won the Federation Cup.
Interestingly, he led unfancied Kaduna United to overcome Aba Elephant, Enyimba, in what was an upset considering the pedigree of the team.
Cooreman also took the club, which operate on a shoe-string budget to the group stage of the 2011 Caf Confederation Cup.
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Add Lobi Stars, NPA, Bendel Insurance, Warri Wolves and Gombe United, then you understand Cooreman's mastery of the domestic league.
Top stars like Taye Taiwo, Elderson Echiejile, Brown Ideye, Jude Aneke and John Owoeri amongst others passed through the tutelage of the experienced Belgian.
Cooreman may have passed with flying colours in the top flight, but is going through a new experience this term.
For those wondering why he is absent from top flight football, the experienced tactician has a new assignment, in Lagos.
It is not only his baptism in the second tier football class, called the Nigeria National League, but Cooreman is with a new team.
After acquiring the franchise of Kaduna Bees, Cooreman was invited to mid-wife the new team, Ikorodu United.
"We started in December and played some friendly matches against top sides. My ambition is to get the team to play top flight football," he told supersport.com.
Pre-season victories over Premier League side, 3SC and NNL duo of Gateway and First Bank, will motivate the youngsters.
Cyril Olisemah: Cooreman will build his team around the skilful Olisemah who spent two seasons playing top flight football with Gombe United.
Like Cooreman, it is his first time in the second division.
"I made my debut in the league and for Ikorodu United on Sunday. It's a new experience because I joined Gombe United in the Premier League from my youth team in Warri. Cooreman invited me to join the team and I'm here to do my best," he said to supersport.com.
Olisemah plays as a box-to-box midfielder and can also operate from the wings.
At Cup level, he remains the only player to score four goals in one match in the Federation Cup era.
It is no surprise why Cooreman gave him the captain's band.
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