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Ikorodu United parts ways with Okpodu as Dutch coach takes over

Nigeria Premier League club Ikorodu United says it has parted ways with coach Sam Okpodu on mutual consent.

The club also announced Dutch man Theo De Jong as replacement for the former Warri Wolves coach.

In March, Okpodu took over from Benson Edema who was given the boot owing to poor start to the league season, winning one, losing three and securing two draws to languish near the relegation zone.

But Okpodu did not make any difference since taking over, leaving the club on the 19th spot on the league table, recording just three victories from 21 games.

Ikorodu United said in a statement that “the Club and Manager agree the timing is right to bring the relationship to an end. The Board of Directors thank Sam Okpodu for all his hard work and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

The Club further announced the immediate replacement by Theo De Jong.

“Theodorus (“Theo”) Jacob de Jong (born 11 August 1947 in Leeuwarden) is a former Dutch international footballer. During his career he played for NEC Nijmegen and Feyenoord Rotterdam. He earned 15 caps and scored 3 goals for the Netherlands national football team, and was a member of the Dutch squad that in the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final.

“De Jong was a member of the Feyenoord team that won the UEFA Cup in 1974, beating Tottenham Hotspur in the then two-legged final. He later played 3 seasons in Hong Kong for Seiko.”

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