Coach Udi Sack: Ondo Govt Says He Was Only Asked To Step Aside

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By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
To justify step aside order issued to the Head Coach of Sunshine Stars Football  Club,  Duke Udi, the state government has disclosed his “sins”
Earlier,  the Government of Ondo state has denied sacking Udi but that he was asked to step aside to allow other crew manage the team.
Addressing newsmen in Akure, the State Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye and Ondo State Football Agency ODSFA chairman, Otunba Tajudeen Akinyemi listed his sins to include “gross insubordination and, disrespect to constituted authorities.
Other sins include his refusal to answer issued queries, discord in his relationship with players and officials and disregarding the Press men by ignoring post match conference.
According to the Sports authorities, “following several reports of misconduct by the head coach of the Sunshine Stars, Duke Udi,  which has led to bad influence on the team and spate of poor results, the management of the ODSFA is compelled to act in order to put a stop to this ugly incident.
 Rising from an urgent and extended meeting of the teams management board and representatives of the rhetoric sports Ministry, they said, a decision was taken to ask Coach Duke Udi to step aside in his role as the club’s head coach.
This decision, they said,  was taken in the best interest of the club and to make sure that the team does not suffer the fate that befell it last season when it barely escaped relegation in the Nigerian Football league.
They how ever regretted  that the club which was in the fifth position on the league table has ” continued to record series of bad results.
Sunshine FC, they disclose,  is sitting on 17th position in a league of 20 teams, “despite several efforts to instill discipline into the team, it is unfortunate that the head coach has failed to lead well and most times has become a bad influence on the entire team.
 Udi they said, has become like a cancer that needs immediate and urgent attention before it spreads to other parts of the body.
According to them the “ODSFA technical Director, Henry Abiodun has been redeployed to take charge of the team with immediate effect pending the determination of the issues labelled against coach Duke Udi.
The Sports Commissioner said. Coach Abiodun will  be assisted by coach Kayode Julius, while  Sunshine Stars called for the usual cooperation and support from all stakeholders as the club move towards its goals and objectives with renew commitment and dedication.
Commenting on the players’ bonuses, the state commissioner said that out of seven bonuses owed the players the state had paid four while their salaries paid up till December last year.
Ogunleye assured them that the remaining three bonuses and the January a day February salaries would be paid together.
 He said a N400m debt was inherited by the present administration as un- paid sign on fees on players.

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