Former CAF Champions League winner, Okey Emordi, has been appointed as head coach of City Of David (COD) United.
The Nigeria National League (NNL) club announced the appointment of Emordi on Wednesday and explained their decision to hook the experienced trainer.
The Lagos club added that landing Emordi as their head coach is “another demonstration of our ambition as a club to keep moving forward.”
“Okey Emordi’s knowledge, experience and record shows clearly that he has been the outstanding coach in the Nigerian football space in the past decade or so and we are very delighted he has decided to join us. His appointment is yet another demonstration of our ambition as a club to keep moving forward and never rest on our oars.
“We want to play in the NPFL (Nigeria Professional Football League) next season and we believe Okey’s appointment gives us a massive opportunity to do that. Once we shared our vision with him, he decided to take up the challenge and we are delighted he was convinced to join us having seen our vision for the club. We expect him to sustain and improve on all that we have achieved as a football club on the pitch and help our players and young coaches become even better,” COD Utd CEO, Shola Opaleye, said.
Emordi is ready for the challenge of working in the second tier. He said he had to carefully make the decision to return to coaching and accepted the role at COD United because they are “a very organized club with big ambitions.”
“I have joined a very organised club with big ambitions. As you know, I have worked with some of the biggest clubs in Nigeria and even Africa and so I had to carefully consider this. Having spoken to the club and seen what they have done so far, I am excited to take on the challenge of ensuring the club plays in the NPFL next season,” said Emordi, whose last coaching role was in 2015 at former Nigerian champions, Kano.
Emordi, who guided Enyimba to win the 2004 CAF Champions League, will take charge of his first competitive in the second tier with COD United against Abia Comets at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos on May 7.