Willy Udube named Go Round head coach for upcoming campaign

By Sanipe Damiete

In preparation for the 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Go Round FC of Omoku on Monday unveiled their new technical crew in front of their fans at the Kris Dera Stadium that includes Willy Udube as the head coach/technical adviser and former junior international Smart Johnson as the assistant coach/chief coach.

The modest club also secured goalkeeper trainer David Dosu from NNL side First Bank FC in what the general manger of the club Soni Uboh terms the “dream bench” after they parted ways with former coach Ngozi Elechi who pitched tent with Yobe Stars.

UP CLOSE WITH UDUBE

Udube is no stranger to the elite league in Nigeria though making his first stint as head coach of an NPFL side, he has garnered so much experience in the league with several clubs as assistant coach and was assistant coach at the club until his latest upliftment as head coach.

The former Udoji United, Jasper United and Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland) player retired from football in 2005 and went straight to the National Institute for Sport (NIS) to obtain his coaching licence. He started his coaching career with Heartland as an assistant to the late Kelechi Emeteole when Heartland competed on the continent in 2009.

He remained in same position the next season as assistant to Samson Siasia who left for the Super Eagles job which cost Heartland an early exit from the continent.

The CAF C-licence coach is not all about assisting others in the elite league but has done lots of coaching in the grassroots especially as the pioneer coach of Diamond Football Academy that has churned out lots of talented players like the Nwakali brothers.

He also did well with Gabros FC (Now FC Ifeanyiubah) in the NNL winning promotion to the elite league in 2014 before journeying across several clubs as assistant and lately at Nnewi United before landing the job at Go Round as assistant coach last season.

Udube who says he is not under pressure to deliver in his new assignment as he believes hard work has brought him thus far and the experience he has garnered will come in handy.

“Though I have not been given any target, every coach sets target for themselves and mine is to build a very formidable team but if along the line a silverware comes, we’ll grab it with open arms.

“I’ll take this country by surprise with this club and that means we’ll build a good team and do well,” he said.

The new technical crew has gone into full swing preparing the team in readiness for the commencement of the 2018/19 NPFL season.