5th March, 2013
Dolphins defender, Emah Godwin has launched a stinging attack on Stanley Eguma over the way he was frozen out from his first-team last season.
Godwin endured watching most of the action from the bench while Eguma stuck with the duo of Festus Austin and Victor Ezuruike in the heart of the defence.
He claims Eguma was out to frustrate him and that he no longer felt like a valuable part of the club he had spent the past 13 seasons, leading to his surprise departure to hometown club, Akwa United, during the close season.
“I had to leave because there was a lot of envy,” he told supersport.com.
“The coaches were trying to create the impression that my form had dropped, and I didn’t feel the same way so there was no point in staying.
“I had foreseen a situation where Eguma may not have used me at all this season, and I don’t think I deserve that.
“For the first time since I joined Dolphins, I was being used sparingly, but each time I was given a chance I thought I justified my inclusion.
“When we beat Kwara United 4-1, even my teammates agreed I was the man of the match, but Eguma dropped me for the next game which was the State Federation Cup final against Sharks.
“That was when I started considering my future outside Port Harcourt,” he added.
Godwin’s new club, Akwa United have been in the news recently over players’ restiveness, but the defender told supersport.com that he did not make a mistake joining them.
He reckons they could tap from his experience and that they have the materials to make a good impression.
“The players are being owed 80 percent of their signing-on fees from last season, but I’ve told them they will be paid eventually,” he said.
“I have spoken to some members of management who assured me they would be paid, so it would be best to focus on the task at hand.
“I am still being owed all of my signing-on fees from last season by Dolphins, and that is generally the story of the Nigerian league.
“There are a lot of good, young players here and we should be able to make an impact this season.
“Akwa United is the club that gave me my breakthrough in the league in 1999; we were known as Ibom Stars then, and I feel after all these years at Dolphins it would be nice to give back something to the club,” he reasoned.
Godwin won the Federation Cup four times and the league twice during his time with Dolphins.