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Controversy hits Kwara Utd over Obuh exit

Struggling Premier League outfit Kwara United were plunged into controversy on Monday  over the exit of the manager of the side John Obuh.

The  Ilorin club, who  are  20th in the league table on  11 points from 12 matches, said in a statement on their official Twitter handle  former Flying Eagles coach Obuh had left the club by mutual agreement.

“The management of Kwara United FC has mutually agreed to part ways with coach John Obuh following the not ‘too impressive performance’ of the club in the Nigeria Professional Football League,” the statement by the club’s spokesman Abdulwaheed Bibire  said.

“The two parties reached a compromise following a meeting facilitated by the Kwara State Football Association Chairman Mallam Busari Ishola.

“The decision became necessary in view of the yearnings and aspirations of the stakeholders to move the club forward.”

The statement added, “The management also wishes the out-gone gaffer the best in his future endeavours. The management also assures the teeming fans and supporters of the club that a substantive technical adviser would be named as soon as possible to avoid creating a vacuum.”

But  Obuh, who was given a three-match  ultimatum  to save his job but  could not to revive the team’s fortunes, insisted he left of his own volition.

Kwara United, who won the Northern Conference of the National League to gain promotion to the Nigerian  topflight last  season, lost 1-0 to Rivers United in Ilorin before travelling to lose 1-0 to Abia Warriors in Umuahia. Their last match on Sunday ended in a 1-1 draw 1-1 with El-Kanemi Warriors in Ilorin.

“I resigned because the results were not forthcoming,” Obuh  was quoted by  SCORENigeria as saying on Monday.“I do not blame anyone for this.

“I want to return to my family now after which I will know what next to do as a coach.”

Meanwhile, one of  our correspondents learnt that  the club would  unveil former Niger Tornadoes coach Abubakar Bala as their new manager in  coming days.

It was learnt that the club contacted Flying Eagles assistant  Bala, who was also in line for the Gombe United job, after they issued Obuh  the three-match ultimatum.

“It is true that I was contacted by Kwara United and we have agreed terms for the job,” Bala told one of our correspondents on the telephone on Monday.

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