Abeokuta - The Ogun Government on Wednesday in
Abeokuta said it had appointed ex-international Henry Nwosu as the new
head coach of Gateway United Football Club.
The state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Gbenga Otenuga, made
the announcement during the club’s maiden Stakeholders Summit in
He said the appointment was necessitated by a desire to take the club
to the next level and to also prepare the club ahead of the next
Otenuga said the move was to enhance the club’s chances of qualifying for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
He expressed despair at how the club missed promotion into the NPFL
from the Nigeria National League (NNL) by just a point last season.
"The club’s performance and indeed its net worth have been on a
downward slope. Some of the reasons, sadly being typical of `a house
divided against itself’, also contributed to why we opted for a
change,’’ the commissioner said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nwosu will be replacing former Shooting Stars FC’s coach Philip Boamah.
He had led the club to a third-place finish last season in the NNL Group B.
The Chairman, Gateway United FC’s Technical Committee, Kashimawo
Laloko, while explaining Nwosu’s choice, said it was because the club
needed a coach with a strong character.
"We also need a person, who will listen to the opinion of others and not work in isolation like an island.
"Henry Nwosu was appointed because of his personality and skills.
That is what Gateway United needs and we all think and wish he will
deliver,’’ Laloko said.
Nwosu, who is a former captain of the then Green Eagles, promised to
change the fortunes of the club by taking it to the next level.
"Gateway United has to change levels. With the help of God and the
support of government and all stakeholders, I believe the sky will be
our limit,’’ he said.
NAN reports that Nwosu will be assisted by another former Green
Eagles star, Yisa Sofoluwe, with Abiodun Adegbenro as the goalkeepers’
Sofoluwe was a star defender with the Eagles between 1983 and 1988,
while Adegbenro was part of the Flying Eagles team to Chile ‘87.