Commissioner, sacked Sunshine coach trade allegations

Posted on Mar 15 2018 - 2:51am by admin

Peter Dada, Akure

Duke Udi has alleged that the Ondo State Commissioner for Sports Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye instigated his sacking from Sunshine Stars   following a misunderstanding between them.

The state government, who owns the Premier League  club, fired  the former Nigeria midfielder  on Tuesday  over an alleged gross misconduct and insubordination.

However, Yusuf-Ogunleye explained that Udi was not sacked but asked to “step aside” to allow another coach  manage the team, insisting that the former 3SC player is  still an employee of  Sunshine.

The commissioner, who addressed  reporters  in Akure on Wednesday,  claimed that  Udi  committed  “gross misconduct, insubordination and disrespecting the constituted authorities”.

Udi, who spoke to reporters,  alleged that he is still being owed  salary by the club.

He said,  ”I have a one-year contract with the team, let the club pay me my outstanding salary and  N750,000 balance for keeping the team in the top flight last season.

“The  commissioner  also reduced my salary to N200,000 just because I didn’t sign players he forced on me.

“They only paid me a  one-year contract. The club must pay me my balance of N750,000 for retaining the team in the Premier League as well as my January and February salaries  and my seven-match bonuses, or we meet at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.”

He added,   “They did not give me a dime to buy players and there was no preseason, but I was able to do things in the Premier League. I couldn’t even use my new players because of litigation problems.”

But the commissioner said, “Following several reports of misconduct by the head coach of  Sunshine Stars, Duke Udi,   which unfortunately has led to bad influence on the team and a 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 extended meeting of the team’s management board and representatives of the sports ministry,  a decision was taken to ask coach Duke Udi to step aside.

“This decision 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.

“Despite several efforts to instil discipline in the team, it is unfortunate that the head coach failed to lead well and most times has become a bad influence on the team.

“He has become like a cancer that needs immediate and urgent attention before it spreads to other parts of the body.”

Yusuf-Ogunleye said part of bonuses owed the players had been paid by the state government,   with  their salaries  paid  till December.

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