Former national youth team coach, John Obuh has resigned his position as Head Coach of NPFL side, Akwa United, according to the club.
This much www.aclsports.com can confirm following an official press statement from the Uyo-based club on Monday.
According to the club, Obuh cited “some level of (in)discipline and insubordination from some players, ” as the reason behind his decision to leave his role as the Head coach of the Promise Keepers.
Speaking on the development, club Secretary, Comrade Omon Bassey said;
“Yes, coaches take responsibility when things go awry, yet we can testify to the professionalism and discipline you brought to bear in the running of the club including your untiring belief in the God factor in the life of this great organisation.”
Obuh’s decision to leave Akwa United comes after their humiliating defeat against MFM FC in Agege on Friday.
The Promise Keepers were at the receiving end of a 3-0 thrashing from the Olukoya Boys, leaving Obuh and United with just one win from their opening eight matches.
It would be recalled that aclsports.com exclusively reported an incident involving Obuh and one of his players, Ndifreke Effiong, during the game in Agege.
Ndifreke had disrespected his coach who tried to pass across instructions to him during the first half of that ill-fated encounter at the Soccer Temple.
After the game, Obuh denied that he was being undermined by certain individuals in response to the altercation between him and the Super Eagles forward.
After the incident that happened between him and Ndifreke in the humiliating loss at @MFMFC_Lagos, i really think John Obuh has lost the @AkwaUnited_fc dressing room. But he has denied it, telling @acl_sports "It's not possible."
— Das Duwem (@D_WarEagle) December 15, 2019
“It is not possible, ” Obuh told aclsports.com after he was asked if he was being undermined by Ndifreke and his teammates.
“But judge by yourself if that (behaviour) is supposed to be proper, ” he added.
The statement from the club has now confirmed that a player, believed to be Ndifreke, has been suspended “indefinitely”, with two others under investigation for “disciplinary reasons.”
Akwa United have since accepted Obuh’s resignation, said to be a four-paragraph letter, and also expressed their gratitude to the experienced coach.
Obuh was appointed just before the start of the season as a replacement for former boss, Everton, who was sacked by the club earlier this year.
Obuh leaves the club after just one win from eight games, with United 16th on the table, just two points above relegation.