Nigeria Professional Football League side FC Ifeanyi Ubah has denied reports that its coaching crew has been given a touchline ban ahead of the 2019/2020 season opener against Adamawa United.
In a statement signed by club media director, Iyke Nwokedi, the club described the rumors as false.
‘We wish to state in clearest possible terms that the writeup is false and an attempt to distract and bring unnecessary panic in our camp with just few days to the commencement of the 2019-2020 NPFL season.’
According to the statement, the club have applied the option stated in Article B6.8 of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL which says that the LMC may grant waiver to ex-internationals for a period of two seasons for which such coach/manager/player should complete the coaching qualification while under our employ.
It should be recalled that in CAF in September has instructed that the minimum coaching qualification for coaches in the NPFL should be the CAF Licence A. A requirement a few a few Nigerian top flight coaches do not posses. However, our source at the LMC didn’t reveal whether other clubs in the top division were affect by similar bans.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah concluded the statement by disclosing that it will ensure that its technical crew undertakes the required coaching courses to meet the NPFL requirements.
According to the ban, Head coach Uche Okagbue nor any of his assistants will be permitted to be anywhere around the technical are but can sit in the stands. It will be interesting to see who will dish out intrusctions to the team who will face promoted Adamawa United at Nnewi on Sunday.
Indeed FC Ifeanyi Ubah has been without a grade A manager since parting ways with Ghanian gaffer Yaw Preko in 2017 with the banned Okagbue taking over as head coach.
Despite not possessing the required coaching requirements, Okagbue lead FC Ifeanyi Ubah to last season’s post season Championship Playoffs were the Anambra Warriors finished bottom of the table losing all five matches. However, the season was considered a success as FC Ifeanyi Ubah managed to qualify from its group with relatively unknow players.
As of the time of this report, every effort made to contact any member of the management of FC Ifeanyi Ubah was not successful as they refused to pick their calls.