I would have won the league for Akwa United – John Obuh

Former Akwa United coach John Obuh said he would have won the league for the team if the management was patience and allowed him to implement his ideas before his resignation.

In an online interview with journalists, the 60- year-old gaffer said his hasty dismissal by the management of Akwa United came as a result of lack of patience.

“Eight games was not enough for you to actually judge whether the coach was doing well or not doing well.

“I know quite well that if I had remained in Akwa United, I would have topped the league.”

The Former U-17 coach joined Akwa United in August 2019 as head coach replacing Rafael Everton.


John Obuh’s era at Akwa United was rather torrid and short-lived as he managed the team for just 8 league games, recording only one win, four draws and three loses.

However, the former Enugu Rangers coach still believes he would have done better if the management had been patience.

“I knew what I was doing, I knew what we were looking forward to, and we had advantages that would have given us the opportunity to do better.

“If I were still with Akwa United, I am sure, we would have done better because we were heading somewhere.”

Coach Kennedy Boboye replaced John Obuh as Akwa United head coach in December 2019
Coach Kennedy Boboye replaced John Obuh as Akwa United head coach in December 2019 (Photo Credit: Goal)

He was in charge of Nigeria’s under-17 national team, the Golden Eaglets during the 2009 FIFA U-17 World, where his team lost in the final to Switzerland at the National Stadium in Abuja.

He also led Sharks football club to win the WAFU club championship in 2010.

Obuh resigned from his managerial job with the Promise Keepers in December 2019, after a humiliating 3-0 defeat to MFM at the Agege Township Stadium, Lagos, leaving the team in 16th position, just two points above the relegation places.

The coach was said to have lost the dressing room with a reported case of top striker, Ndifreke Effiong undermining his decisions at the Agege Stadium.

He was replaced by coach Kennedy Boboye who immediately turned the fortunes of Akwa United with five straight victories.

Akwa United is currently 6th on the log with 35 points before the league was suspended due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.


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