Nigeria Professional Football League Club, Kwara United confirmed on Monday that they have parted ways with Former National team coach John Obuh.
Obuh failed to secure a win following the three-match ultimatum handed over to him, on Monday, March 12, 2018, he turned in his resignation letter to the management of Kwara United FC of Ilorin.
The Kwara State-owned Club have been struggling since the return of Obuh to the team and this manifested in the poor results which have left the team at the rock bottom of the NPFL table with 11 points from 12 matches.
However, Obuh’s contribution in the game cannot be over-emphasized.
In this post, brila.net highlights 5 facts about the coach.
1, Born in 21ST March 1960, in Ndi-Uduma OwokeOhafia area in Abia State, South East Nigeria. He played as a Striker during his playing days and represented the likes of – Abiola Babes, Julius Berger, Calabar Rovers, Udoji United, Enyimba at club level
2, Obuh was inspired to go into coaching by Lawrence Akpokona while at Enyimba as Player/Trainer. His elder brother, Sam Obuh who also had a glittering footballing career played a part in convincing him into coaching.
3, John Obuh was the coach of the Golden Eaglets 2009 set that finished as runners when Nigeria hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup. He has also coached a number of NPFL sides prior to the recent stint at Kwara Utd.
He led Sharks FC (Now known as Rivers United after merging with Dolphins FC) to the 2010 WAFU Championships. He also had spells at Niger Tornadoes and Enugu Rangers.4, John Obuh led the Flying Eagles to AYC glory in South Africa and subsequently reached the FIFA U-20 World Cup quarter-finals in 2011. 5 members of that promising team would later feature for the Super Eagles,
- Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa, Ramon Azeez, Uche Nwofor and Olanrewaju Kayode.
5, In 2011 prior to the African Youth Championships, Coach John Obuh rubbished the rumours surrounding the selection of Philemon Daniel as an over-aged player for the U-20 AYC tournament. When asked about Daniel playing in the NPFL since 2001, Obuh replied –
“… I am afraid, you got your facts wrong. I took him (Philemon Daniel) to Kwara United during the 2008/2009 season when United was relegated from the top flight…
when I was leaving Niger Tornadoes, I left together with him for Kwara United after one year together with him at Kwara United so I don’t know where you got the 2001 date from!!! Let me say again that all the players I selected are within the age limit.”