Embattled Stanley Eguma
It
has been four games since the three match ultimatum given to Rivers United
gaffer, Stanley Eguma and the world awaits the sanctions that will be meted to
him.
No
doubt he failed woefully as out of three games he was supposed to win, he
managed only one and lost one, so what happens next?
Just
on Thursday, he lost on the Road (did someone say ‘as usual?’) to Kano Pillars
in the 4th game since the ultimatum making it one win, one draw and
two defeats.
According
to the report from “his bosses” he had to win their next three games or face
heavy sanctions.
The
three games were against Wikki Tourists, Akwa United and Rangers and we know
what happened.
Now how does he
get punished?
I
listened to the Permanent Secretary, Michael Nnodim and after all his findings
during the investigations regarding the poor performance of the team, he stated
that the coaching crew had been handed a three match ultimatum.
“We
have instructed the technical crew to sit up. We have given them an ultimatum
of three matches, to win those three matches for us or they will face serious
sanctions,” went the Permanent Secretary of the sports ministry.
Now,
three games of the ultimatum have gone by, so what does Nnodim do? How do Eguma
and his crew get sanctioned?
What really is a
sanction in this context, or serious one?
According
to www.dictionary.com, a sanction is a
provision of a law enacting a penalty for disobedience or a reward for
obedience
, so how does it fit in here?
Now
the Stanley Eguma led technical crew disobeyed the instructions of their boss,
the Permanent Secretary, who is currently the Acting Sports Commissioner, to
win their next three games, so while we wait for him to come out with a law to
enact this penalty for disobedience, these are my thoughts.
Stanley Eguma is
untouchable
For
what it’s worth, the Permanent Secretary, Michael Nnodi can huff and puff as
much as he likes but cannot sack Stanley Eguma or even discipline him.
The
General Manager of the club, Okey Kpalikwu cannot raise a finger against Eguma.
Not even a sitting sports commissioner is willing to do that and I explain.
It
was rumoured for a long time that Stanley Eguma is related to the current
governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Wike. A rumour for a long time until
the governor himself cleared the air in a public forum describing the coach as
his cousin.
Eguma
became coach of Rivers United as Dolphins in 2008 when Nyesom Wike was Chief Of
Staff. He remained coach as Wike became Minister of Education and now governor
of the state.
Now,
as much as I know, the governor never placed an embargo on sacking or
sanctioning his cousin, but in Nigeria, no one wants to be the man that sacks
the “brother” of a state governor. So that is where Rivers United is, and, er,
Stanley Eguma of course.
Does
Stanley Eguma know that he is untouchable? Of course he does.
What possible
ways can he be sanctioned, then?
If
I am told to recommend, I will say it the way it is that Stanley Eguma should
be sacked immediately and his assistant, Willy Udube be put in caretaker
capacity until the end of the season.
But
we all know that no one in the Rivers United hierarchy can do that so I have
shortlisted five more realistic serious sanctions for him.
Write one
thousand words:

For
those of us who went to school in the 70s, 80s and maybe, 90s, when we err, our
teacher will tell us to take a pencil and paper and write, “I will not make
noise in class again” one hundred times or there abouts, depending on the
severity of what we did.

Eguma
should be instructed by the Perm Sec to write, handwritten and without the aid
of technology, “I will start winning away from home” three thousand times
before he is allowed to sit on the bench again. This should sort him, no?
Kneel down and
hands up:

Still
for those of us that went school in the days of corporal punishment, maybe on Monday,
before their next home game against Katsina United he should be made to kneel
down at the technical area and raise his hands up. For good measure, he should
raise his hands up and be told stick out his tongue too. This should sort him,
no?




Pick pin:

If the first two
do not work then he must pick pin for the duration of the pre-match warm up by
his team on Monday.

Picking
pin was one of the meanest punishments given to us in school back in the day as
it made the blood rush to your head. Maybe Eguma needs a blood rush to his
head, no?
Come early for
training:
It
is common knowledge that in his training program, Eguma does not include
getting to the session on time.
At
Dolphins as far back as 2001, it was rumoured that the players actually begged
him to arrive on time at training the next day, especially when they had an
important game ahead.
At
Enyimba in 2004, Felix Anyansi Agwu and the rest of the management were almost
driven nuts because of Eguma’s work discipline.
At
Iwuanyanwu Nationale in 2005 it was the same thing and again at Sharks so it
does not seem like he will change anytime soon.
Force him to bath and come for training early
One
good punishment for him would be to use the Department of State Security, DSS
to force him to get to training sessions on time.
DSS
operatives must be at his house at 5:30am, force him out of bed at gun point,
to the bathroom and then to the training pitch on time.
I
believe there will be no greater punishment for him than this.
No more pressers:
It
is on record that whenever Rivers United lose or draw at home, Eguma snubs the post-match
conference and sends his assistant, but in event of a win, he comes out proudly,
smiling at everyone.
Another
good punishment for him would be to stop him from talking to the press even
when they win a game at home and the management insisting on his assistant
doing it.
Because the coach is
king
I
hear people on radio shows in Port Harcourt shouting their guts out that Eguma
should be sacked.
I
feel sorry for them because it is just a waste of precious decibels.
I
also read people on social media arguing on why Eguma should go. Sorry sods! They
just waste precious data on a meaningless argument.
Eguma
will coach Rivers United for as long as he wants so maybe fans of the club
should enjoy their team play no matter the poor results and performance on the
pitch.
They
must also be patient too.
Will
Eguma face any sanctions at all? My thoughts are a big NO!
So
this blog post is certainly a waste of time and data too.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Lol
    #Agabya
    Much humour this morning but "them" go show am and your running battle with Eguma go continue as as long as they are concern, you want him sacked!
    Make I run comot for battle wey I don fight for four years without success

  2. Sorry state of things we find ourselves in Rivers State. The wishes kg the people are no longer paramount. Yet it is their money that is being used to foot those bills. Hmm!

  3. Hahaha! This post is too hilarious abeg! I don laff fall where i dey…
    Truth is Eguma ia a good coach. Only if you guys understand how football is run in this country. What is happebing to Rivers today is the result of trying yo be upright and this reault clearly shows it doesnt work. Its a case of do ur own make i do my own and who do pass go carry the league. No Team in the NPFL can match this Rivers United team on a level playing ground and thats the fact. Make we go dey prepare for next season sha. Thats my take. Make we no dey wast3 decibels asking for sake cos we already have a good coach in Eguma

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