Sports news today: Akwa United’s Maurice Cooreman not worried, Enyimba loves current Coach & More
Akwa United’s Belgian trainer, Maurice Cooreman says that he is wanted by other clubs and could consider quitting the ‘Promise Keepers’ at the end of the season.
Cooreman has endured a complicated relationship with the management of Akwa United since he joined from Lagos club Ikorodu United.
He was suspended on two different occasions for actions which the board felt undermined the other members of his backroom staff. But the veteran trainer says he is not worried about his future.
*** Seven-time Nigeria champions Enyimba say they are satisfied with current head coach, Paul Aigbogun.
The Northern Irish-born coach has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for what some fans of the club have termed an underwhelming season.
The fans voiced their discontent over the club’s failure to progress past the group stage of this year’s Caf Champions League. But the People’s Elephant are still in contention in the Nigeria Professional Football League and the Federation Cup.
Enyimba chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, says he has had no reason to question the credentials of Aigbogun.
**** Belgian club, KAA Gent have completed the signing of Nigerian midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim on a three-year deal.
The 25-year-old midfielder joined The Buffalos from Slovakian champions AS Trencin after passing his medical test and has already been described as “an elegant player” by the club.
The Belgian outfit which also has another Nigerian, Moses Simon, also signed from AS Trencin, believes that they have landed a player “with great technical ability.”
**** And we move on to Europe, where Premier League side Arsenal have signed striker Lucas Perez from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna
The 27-year-old netted 19 goals in all competitions last season, including a run of seven goals in seven successive games to equal the record of former Brazilian striker Bebeto.
Though no details of the deal were disclosed, British media reported that Arsenal paid around 17.1 million pounds for the striker. Arsenal fans should at least be glad about this new signing
*** Barcelona and coach Luis Enrique have agreed to put off talks on a contract extension until early next year
Luis Enrique is in his third season in charge of Barca and recently said he would only consider his future at the end of the campaign when his current deal runs out.
Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu said Barca are determined to keep the 46-year-old, who has won eight trophies out of a possible 10 in his two years as coach, beyond next year.
**** For fans of England record goal scorer Wayne Rooney, Rooney says he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Manchester United forward was speaking to the media for the first time since New England manager Sam Allardyce confirmed he would keep the 30-year-old as his captain.
Rooney says his mind is made up and all he wants to do now is to enjoy the next two years
**** Finally In Tennis, World number one Novak Djokovic began his US Open campaign with victory over Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz – despite the Serb requiring treatment to his arm.
Djokovic, who has struggled with a wrist injury, won 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1 after calling the trainer in the first set. Spanish fourth seed Rafael Nadal beat Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-1 6-4 6-2.
Germany’s Angelique Kerber, seeded second in the women’s draw, she led PolonaHercog 6-0 1-0 when the Slovenian succumbed to leg cramps.