The Management of Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia, has
described as unbecoming, some of the statements made by the club’s
former Coach, Kennedy Boboye during a live television interview.
The former Sunshine Stars Coach was sacked as Abia Warriors Manager
mid-way last season following a string of poor results but claimed the
Umuahia Township Stadium ground contributed to the team’s woeful home
performance, saying he had advised that Abia Warriors relocate to
Calabar, Cross River State as a result.
Management wondered why he should attribute his woes to the Umuahia
Township Stadium pitch whereas it is better than the home ground of
his current team and the coach who replaced him won all the four
matches the team played at the same pitch.
“At no time did Boboye either in writing or otherwise advised
management on the need to relocate the team to Calabar. After he was
sacked, the coach who replaced him won all his four matches at the
same stadium and presently, the Umuahia Township Stadium has been
adjudged as one of the best grounds this season after undergoing
In a statement made available to newsmen, management recalled that
Boboye received the highest level of cooperation during his stay in
Umuahia as he was given a free hand to select his players without
interference from any quarters but lamented that after initially
setting the pace in the Nigerian top flight, Abia Warriors then
dwindled in performance as a result of Boboye’s high handedness.
“The fact remains that Boboye was given a free hand when he was here
and that got into his head and he almost took us into relegation. Of
course we had no choice but to sack him because of poor results”, the
statement clarified “It was under Boboye that for the first time, Abia
Warriors were beaten 5-0 in any match, it was under him that Abia
Warriors lost four matches in a row for the first time, it was also
under him the team lost six consecutive away matches for the first
time and Abia Warriors also failed to qualify for the National
preliminaries of the Nigerian Federation Cup when a lower League side
beat his team at the semi-final of the state competition”, the
“These are the ugly records he left that almost drowned us but for the
timely intervention of management which sacked him and the new coach
who replaced him then played the remaining six matches unbeaten”, the
statement further clarified.
Management then called on the coach to concentrate on his job so that
he will not face a similar down-turn in performance as when he was in
Umuahia as a result of pride