By Bassey Ibiatisuho
The Chairman of Akwa United Football Club, the defending champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League, Elder Paul Bassey has confirmed that the club received not less than 46 applications for the coaching job after parting ways with Coach Kennedy Boboye.
Bassey who stated this at the conference room of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo during the unveiling of Ayodeji Ayeni as the new head coach of the Uyo-based side, regretted the results of the last three games in the first stanza of the league, adding that a drastic step was needed to reposition the team for the second stanza.
According to him, the applications came within and outside the country and made it difficult for the club to streamline and finally selected the former Sunshine Stars coach as the best choice for the club at the moment.
“This was one of the most difficult decisions I had to take as the chairman of Akwa United, getting a coach out of 46 applicants. Coach Ayodeji Ayeni is someone who carries a lot of positive credentials with him, very unassuming. He has succeeded with players that are not stars, he makes stars, so we are confident that with stars in our team, he will succeed. He has accepted to come and we are happy to have him. We believe we have got the right man for the job,” Elder Bassey stated.
He further stated that the team will bolster the squad with additional players during the mid-season with the aim of returning stronger when the second stanza of the season kicks-off.