Lagos - The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is
in its off-season and a few big names in coaching are out of contract or out of
jobs following the end of a campaign in which Enugu Rangers claimed a
long-awaited seventh title.
At the moment, two of the top-three teams do have head
coaches in place while big guns like Enyimba and Kano Pillars, after a
disappointing campaign, are looking to bring in new managers.
Supersport.com now looks at the revolving doors of coaching
in the NPFL, and who heads where ahead of the 2016/17 now speculated to begin
in either December or January.
He is one of the young and bright coaches in the country. In
August, he surprisingly quit his post as head coach at Abia Warriors following
a 0-0 draw at home against Akwa United and cited "personal reasons"
for his decision. Boboye, supersport.com has been informed, is being considered
for the vacant role at Plateau United, but no deal has been reached yet with
Possible destination: Plateau United
After guiding Wikki Tourists to a top-three finish last
season in the NPFL, Maikaba pulled the plug on the Bauchi despite knowing he
has the chance of leading the team to the Caf Confederation Cup next year.
Outgoing Federation Cup champions, Akwa United, Enyimba and Kano Pillars have
been reported to be the clubs interested in the former Mathematics teacher.
However, Maikaba appear to have agreed in principle to join
Akwa United on a two-year deal that will see him earn around N2.5 million per
Possible destination: Akwa United
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The NPFL 2015/16 title-winning coach is currently out of
contract with Enugu Rangers and supersport.com understands that there have been
preliminary talks with his employers, who have made it clear to him that they
intend to keep him as their head coach for next season when they will compete
in three fronts - the NPFL, Caf Champions and Federation Cup.
In spite of the verbal agreement, Amapakabo has continued to
be linked with other clubs including Akwa United, Kano Pillars, Enyimba and
surprisingly, South African outfit, Chippa United. It is understood that those
at the top of hierarchy at Akwa United and Enyimba are not looking in his ways
owing to different reasons including personal. Rangers are keen to keep
Amapakabo and should have him a new deal in November or December that will see
him earn triple of his current wages plus a brand new official car to go with
Possible destination: Enugu Rangers
MOHAMMED BABA GANARU
It was an uneventful season for Baba Ganaru at Kano Pillars
as guided them to a disappointing seventh place finish and 11 points behind
champions, Rangers. That performance meant that he quit his position as head
coach immediately after the season. He has been linked with two new promoted
teams, Gombe United and Katsina United while there are words from Kano saying
he might be considered to return as Pillars head coach.
Baba Ganaru is now in talks with three NPFL sides, Abia
Warriors, Gombe United and Wikki Tourists.
Possible destination: Wikki Tourists
If there is a man who fits the bill at Shooting Stars Sports
Club (3SC), it is Ogunbote. He has been linked with various clubs including
Akwa United, Enyimba, Kano Pillars and Plateau United. But it looks like the
man who some now call 'The Miracle Worker' would always make the Ibadan club
his first option, and that is only if they meet his wage demands. The Peoples
Elephant are also lurking and ready to pounce.
Possible destination: 3SC, Enyimba
It did come as a surprise that one of the youngest coaches
in the country, Ilechukwu, immediately called it quits with MFM FC in a very
controversial circumstance after the club escaped the drop on the final day.
Supersport.com learned that Ilechukwu angrily left citing interference in his
Ilechukwu did claim he had offers from other clubs but
surely he will remain in charge as MFM FC head coach when the new season
Possible destination: MFM FC
The departure of Baraje from Plateau United at the end of
the season came as a surprise to many faithful of the club after he helped them
beat the drop even before their final game of the campaign. He is one of the
most experienced trainers in the country and is not short on offers. Baraje has
already been linked with the vacant roles at Kano Pillars and Wikki Tourists.
There is the outside chance of taking up the job at Katsina United as well.
Possible destination: Kano Pillars, Katsina United, Wikki
The emergence of Prince Dapo Ajibade as chairman of the Ondo
State Football Agency (ODSFA) which oversees Sunshine Stars meant that Solomon
Ogbeide will no longer continue as head coach at the club. The agency has opted
for a man within the system apparently to cut cost. So Kayode Olujohungbe is
now head coach while Ogbeide looks for job elsewhere.
There are no known offers on ground for Ogbeide and his
destination is unknown which might change in the coming days once there are
moves by other coaches.
Possible destination: Unknown
Aigbogun's campaign with Enyimba looked to be on the up when
he guided them into the group stage of the Caf Champions League but it all came
crashing down with lethargic performance in the Cup semis against Nasarawa
United in Ibadan. Enyimba are already looking for a new coach while Aigbogun
has been linked with Akwa United though the Uyo club never contacted him at any
At present, there are no offers for Aigbogun who is in the
United Kingdom spending the holidays with his family.
Possible destination: UnknownFor
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