By: Sunday Agunbiade
It was another good news for Nigeria as one of its descents, Coach Ekpoki has been appointed the Technical Adviser of National Division One side, Yendi Gbewaa FC.
Coach Abdulrazak Mohammed Ekpoki said all is now set to put his experience garnered in Europe to bear and focus on the new task ahead of him with the Ghanaian-based side.
According to him: ” I’m billed to land in Ghana in 3 weeks time but before then, I will come to Nigeria by God’s grace and attend to some people and after which I will proceed to Ghana” Said former Kano Pillars and Gent player
“My contractual terms are very clear, to maintain the league status hence the need to set the ball rolling and improve the fortunes of the Zone One club to reasonable heights for the coming season.
“The management of Yendi Gbewaa FC appointed me as a new Technical Head following the decision of their Sporting Director, Ricardo da Rocha unilaterally abrogated his contract to join a top-flight side, Ashanti Gold SC”
The issue between the Brazilian, Yendi Gbewaa FC and AshantiGold SC, is still to be resolved with the Division One side demanding damages from the two.
Coach Ekpoki has signed a one-year renewable deal with Yendi Gbewaa FC, and, has been tasked to maintain the club as a second-tier side this coming season.
Asked his views on the Nigerian league, he said his dream is to contribute his own quota to move Nigerian football forward.” I forsee Nigerian footballers that will dominate entire Africa and World at large but all hands must be on deck. I still believe I will handle a Premier League side soon, God’s willing”
Born in Nigeria, the prodigious athlete enjoyed quite a blistering career at the home front with Kano Pillars and Plateau United. He also played in Egypt, Spain, Belgium, Croatia, Vietnam, Slovenia, and Malaysia.
He speaks six languages, English, Hausa, Spanish, Arabic, Croatian, and Yoruba.
Before signing for Yendi Gbewaa FC, Coach Ekpoki was on the books of NK Rovinj in Croatia where he last played and coached.
Coach Ekpoki and his new Technical Crew have been mandated to maintain their status in the league and plan for the next campaign.