Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Cooreman Extends Contract With Kaduna Utd

Kaduna — The Technical Director of Kaduna United, Maurice Cooreman, who led the team to a historic Federation Cup glory for the first time for the state has decided to extend his stay with the team for another year. The trophy has been elusive to the northern based state since inception and the closest was in 1987 when Ranchers Bees came close but lost in the finals to Abiola Babes.

The Belgian tactician made this known to newsmen shortly after the trophy presentation made by the team to the state governor, Mr. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa last week. Cooreman revealed he agreed to a new deal with Kaduna United after a meeting with the state commissioner of sports and the chairman of the club. "I opted to sign a new contract so as to put an end to speculations surrounding my stay with the team as that will enable my players to be focused on the task of making Nigeria proud in the Confederation Cup" he said"

Maurice added that the reason for agreeing to an extension is not borne out of money but to support the club chairman's desire to see that the team succeeds. According to him, his desire is to win a continental trophy with Kaduna United come next year. To achieve his dream he has commenced training to prepare the boys for the task ahead.

Team captain Idris Papa, expressed delight on the coach's desire to continue work with the club "when we heard the news my teammates and I were all joyous because it's another opportunity for us to once more work under the tutelage of the best coach in Nigeria and improve our game further. We thank the chairman of the club, the commissioner of sports, as well as the governor for making it possible for Kaduna United to retain Maurice Cooreman"

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