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Money made Ogbe quit Gombe

The immediate past head coach of Gombe United, Bernard Ogbe has exclusively divulged to supersport.com that signing-on fee issue led to his leaving the Savannah Scorpions.

Ogbe left his position at Gombe United few weeks after the 2011/2012 NPL season ended and had guided his side to finish on 51 points from 36 games.

He was later replaced by former Warri Wolves' gaffer, Maurice Cooreman.

“Gombe United are owing me 140% of my signing-on fees for two seasons and I left because I cannot continue to enslave myself for people who don't appreciate my efforts. For how long would I continue to do that?” he queried angrily.

The former Akwa United coach is now optimistic of getting another club before the start of the coming NPL season.

“I am at present at home and very soon you will be told my next destination,” he told supersport.com.

Responding to Ogbe's assertion, Gombe United general coordinator, Farouk Yarma expressed remorse stressing that Ogbe would be paid as soon as the club get the approval from the state government.

“I was the one who brought him to Gombe and it's so painful that he left as we have not paid him. I don't want him to feel as if we are wicked and I promise that Ogbe would be paid immediately we get the money from the governor,” Yarma said to supersport.com.

The issue of players and coaches signing-on fees has for years been a worrisome issue in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) and supersport.com can report that Kwara United were the only side that paid their wards 100% of their signing-on fees last term.


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