Eguavoen insists he resigned as coach of Enyimba

Against counter claims from the Peoples' Elephant that the former international was indefinitely suspended, he has stated that he indeed resigned his appointment with the cub

Ex-Super Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen insists that he has resigned his appointment with the Peoples' Elephant and was not placed on a suspension.                                    

The soft spoken coach in a chat with stated that Enyimba officials were only trying to play smart after they realised he had tendered his quit notice though he was told club chairman Felix Anyansi Agwu was not in town.                                             

 He expressed his dismay at Enyimba for going to the media to give the impression that he was suspended after the club was duly communicated about his resignation.                                

Eguavoen said: "A local paper on Thursday carried a report of the placing of Enyimba's players on half salary. Before now, the players were being owed a huge sum of money and that has been our biggest problem.

“It is for this reason the boys are not giving 100 percent commitment. At times, we train with 4 or 5 players and the management knows about this but we have always been managing the situation because it is not proper to wash our dirty linen in public.

"When you now placed these same players on a half salary how do you get the best from them? That was why this afternoon I turned in my resignation letter but I heard Anyansi was not in town.                                             

 "Maybe they had already told him about it and maybe he wanted to be smart and tell the whole world I was suspended when in fact I had resigned. Does that make sense? He gave us papers that we have been placed on a half salary and there was nothing like I was suspended there. But because I had resigned earlier on Thursday, he wanted to quickly tell the world that they suspended me.

"I am no longer with the team and nobody suspended me. I left before they thought of coming out with that suspension story," Eguavoen fumed.     

Enyimba did not have a fantastic outing in the 2012 Federation Cup and lost to minnows Prime FC of Osogbo 2-0 on Monday in the quarter final encounter played in Ibadan.                                  

It was Eguavoen's second coming to Aba after he led the club to Federation Cup glory in 2008. The club is presently 4th in the NPL with 52 points from 34 games and have a tough fixture against Akwa United in Uyo on Sunday.