Ogunbote escape Enyimba mob attack

By TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN
Technical Adviser of Enyimba International Football Club, Gbenga Ogunbote, was allegedly attacked by his team fans after their goalless draw with visiting Shooting Stars of Ibadan on Wednesday evening in Calabar.

Enyimba’s four-match winning streak at home this season was halted by the Oluyole Warriors as the People’s Elephants failed to score at home against Ogunbote’s former club for the first in twenty one (21) years.

Oginbote rescued Shooting Stars from relegation last season before he joined Enyimba this season in a much talked about coaching transfer in the Nigeria Professional Football League during the off season.

Enyimba occupy’s 9th position on the NPFL table with 14 points from possible 30.

Eye witness at the U.J Esuene Stadium, Calabar informed that the fans expressed their anger about the poor performance against the manager’s former team.

“It was a ugly scene, the fans came from the other side of the stadium to attack the coach and he was almost beaten. Some of the fans hit the coach with objects but the security men rescued the coach from what could have been a bloody incident,” said the source.

It will be recalled in 2015, Ogunbote was attacked by defunct Sharks FC angry fans for dropping players from Rivers State. He later resigned as Sharks manager and joined Shooting Stars for a rescue mission.

The NPFL this season has recorded fans attacking their coaches over poor results. Akwa United manager, Abdul Maikaba and acting Kastina United coach Bazuaye have all been alleged to suffer attacks by their angry fans.


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
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