13 November 2012

Nigeria: Taiwo Is an Ingrate, Says Cooreman

Gombe — Out of favour Super Eagles defender, Taye Taiwo has been accused of ingratitude by Belgian, Maurice Cooreman, the coach who brought him to limelight.

The Technical Adviser of Gombe United, the ninth NPL club he will be handling in his 13 years sojourn in the country discovered the player and moved with him to at least three clubs before he finally moved abroad.

Speaking on his major achievements so far in the NPL, the Belgian said he had contributed enormously to the careers of Super Eagles players like Taye Taiwo, Mike Eneramo, Efe Ambrose and Elderson Echejiele but none of them is appreciative of what he did for them.

He said even as he does not expect financial reward from the players, he is surprised that now that they are in money, they have completely forgotten about him.

Cooreman particularly singled out Taiwo for condemnation as he said he was disappointed and embarrassed when the former Olympique Marseille defender granted an interview in which he said he was discovered by one white man whose name he has forgotten.

His words: "I have a lot of players who went on to play for the national team. Taye Taiwo, Elderson Echejiele, Efe Ambrose and Michael Eneramo among others.

"I have a lot players but I think the most identified is Taye Taiwo because he was coming from the grassroots. I took him to Nigerdock, I took him to Gabros and I took him to Lobi Stars.

"Now he is a big man and he has forgotten me. Nigerian players when they have money, they don't remember anyone.

"I don't need one kobo from the players but appreciation. He (Taye) doesn't even remember my name again. I saw it in one sports newspaper that he said yes I started under a white coach but I have forgotten his name."

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