By Sab Osuji:
Chairman of Akwa United, Paul Bassey, has confirmed to Completesportsnigeria.comthat technical adviser of the club, Maurice Cooreman, has been handed an indefinite suspension.
"Yes, I can confirm that," Bassey, a veteran journalist and FIFA/CAF Match Commissioner, told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"He was asked to step aside for now."
Cooreman's exit followed the club's dwindling fortunes in the Nigeria Professional Football League which further took a dive Sunday after defending champions Enyimba ran out 1-0 winners in a match day 13 NPFL tie at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.
The defeat, courtesy of Christian Pyagbara's 38th minute strike, brings to two Akwa United's home defeats so far in the campaign.
Completesportsnigeria.com understands the suspension may mark the end of the Belgian coach's reign in the fold as subtle moves are already in gear to hire former Super Eagles captain and defender, Augustine Eguavoen, as his replacement.
"There are suspicions along that line," an official of the club told Completesportsnigeria.com on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on such issues.
"Eguavoen was at the stands when we played Enyimba on Sunday and that could lend credence to your question."
Eguavoen coached Gombe United, a second tier Nigerian league side, in the last two seasons.
He had previously had coaching spells at Enyimba, Super Eagles and U-23 Olympic Eagles which did not qualify for the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London, England.
Cooreman's imminent sacking brings to four the number of NPFL coaches fired with the current season yet to hit the half-way mark.
Bethel Orji was sacked and replaced by Alphonsus Dike.
Samson Unuanel made way for veteran Solomon Ogbeide at Sunshine Stars while Sam Okpodu walked out of his managerial role at Warri Wolves.