Good morning Guys.
When is the right time to start talking about Usman Ab’dallah’s contract situation at Enyimba? Too soon? Oh ok. I’m gonna rant about this today because it’s raising its head in the news and because of course there’s not much happening at this time.
We all know how the gaffer got the job. He was Aigbogun’s stand-in and when it was clear Paul the Apostle wasn’t returning to his post at the club, the club, viewing his performances in certain away games where we picked points we didn’t think we would, began to consider him.
When he turned in his Resume, it appeared like we had in our hands a very decent coach who has been well trained (according to the resume). He stepped in and exceeded expectations and although the big question on how much he has really improved the team persists, he definitely has done OK.
Now certain comments appeared early in the week suggesting that not only did he have a contract ending at the end of the season, a couple of clubs are sniffing around. Kano Pillars, Akwa United, Nasarawa United, Kastina United and Yobe Desert stars are the clubs who are said to be interested in our gaffer.
He says: “Iʼm still under contract here at Enyimba until the end of the season. So, it’s unprofessional to begin to speak about contracts with other clubs when Iʼm still tied down contractually until the end of the season with a club as big as Enyimba.”
“I mean it is against my principle, it is against my policy, integrity and philosophy. Yes, there have been contacts but I insisted I have a huge task at hand at the moment which is our CAF Confederation Cup semifinal return leg match away to Raja Casablanca, Morocco in two weeks.”
“That is a national assignment which is my major focus for now. I donʼt want any distraction at the moment. When Iʼm done with it, who knows, we can go there (Morocco) and win and go to the final.”
“After that, which of course marks the official end of the season, one can then begin to listen to offers from clubs.”
Someone did list a number of clubs who are currently manager-less in the League. And with the “work” Ab’dallah has done so far has began garnering him some attention. The question is, does he renew and stay with us or do we continue our one-manager per season style?
At this stage though, I think there are no absolutes. I mean we aren’t gonna be returning Paul Aigbogun, are we? Are there coaches technically better than Ab’dallah in the country? Yes. But has he earned the right to another season at least? Yes. I mean, this guy is at the verge of a CAF Confederation Cup final- how many current coaches have such?
With Ab’dallah we have an idea of what he is able to produce and I think talk of him leaving right now is bullshit. The club better prepare to hand him a two year deal and task him to groom this team.
That’s my twenty cents on the matter.