It was a day of resignation and dismissal in the Nigerian Professional Football League at Kano Pillars and Warri Wolves, AOIFootball.com reports.
Four-time champions Kano Pillars will have to begin life without Technical Adviser Emmanuel Lionel Soccoia after the Frenchman reportedly left his role following a series of issues with the club management.
The former Black Leopard of South Africa head coach joined the Sai Maisu Gida side last October taking the position of Ibrahim Musa who was demoted to chief coach.
Soccoia’s appointment enabled Pillars meet CAF requirements for a CAF A Licensed coach to take charge of their Confederation Cup campaign where they lost to Senegal’s ASC Jaraaf in the preliminary round.
In a statement released shortly after his resignation the French coach said he quit over unfulfilled contractual obligations including five months unpaid arrears of $25000, management’s interference in team selection and the inability of Pillars to procure a work visa for him five months into his appointment.
Pillars are yet to officially confirm Soccoia’s resignation and played without him in Wednesday’s 2-0 home win over Kwara United.
Similarly, NPFL strugglers Warri Wolves have parted ways with head coach Evans Ogenyi following their abysmal run in the 2020/2021 NPFL season which has seen the club battle relegation.
Evans was fired after the team’s goalless draw at home to Jigawa Golden Stars, a result which leaves Warri Wolves without a win in their last 5 league games.
Evans leaves the club struggling in 18th position with just 15 points from 16 games and they are just one of the two NPFL side yet to pick a single point away from home alongside bottom place Adamawa United.