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Gateway United appoints Henry Nwosu as its new coach

09 October 2013, 18:31

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 Abeokuta.

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 football season.

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’ coach.

Sofoluwe was a star defender with the Eagles between 1983 and 1988, while Adegbenro was part of the Flying Eagles team to Chile ‘87.

- NAN 

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