13th October, 2012
Kwara United FC of Ilorin on Saturday officially announced the appointment of Coach Samson Unuane as its Technical Adviser for the 2012/2013 Nigerian Premier League (NPL) season.
Club chairman, Bamidele Aluko, announced the appointment at a media briefing at the Kwara Stadium in Ilorin.
Aluko said that Unuane was selected for the job out of 43 applicants, because of his experience, adding that the club’s management would on October 15 name a technical crew to support him.
The club chairman, who announced a sign-on fee of N10 million for the new coach, also presented him with a brand new Kia car as his official vehicle.
He added that the new coach would also be provided with official accommodation.
Aluko, however, hinted that Unuane had the enormous task of taking the club to top of the NPL league and winning all available trophies next season.
“We appreciate Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed for adequately providing for the club and setting new goals for it administrators. We will ensure that the players salaries and allowances are paid as and when due,” he said.
In his remarks, Unuane, who is also the assistant coach of the Super Falcons, said that working for Kwara United was a long time dream that had just come to pass.
“I love the club and I have always wished to work with it since 2008. I appreciate that the dream has come true today.
“Kwara United is a big team. Every ambitious coach will want to handle the club, so mine is not exceptional. I think I know the yearnings of the people of Kwara concerning the club and I will endeavour to deliver,” he assured.
Unuane, however, added that he would welcome constructive criticism.
Also speaking, Mr Kayode Towoju, Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, lauded the process that led to the appointment of the new coach.
Towoju, who was represented by Alhaji Lapai Sanni, the state’s Director of Sports Development, also assured the club of continued government support.
NAN reports that Unuane, 48, from Edo, signed a one-year contract with the club.
The contract is, however, renewable.