Coach Imama Amapakabo has refuted claims that he was sent out of Super Eagles’ camp in Uyo by the newly appointed Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr.
The Enugu Rangers FC gaffer was part of the team’s first training session at the Godswill Akpbabio Tuesday evening before departing for Enugu on Wednesday morning to take charge of the Flying Antelopes in a rescheduled NPFL match against Mountain of Fire and Miracles.
A section of the media however claimed Rohr had ordered Amapakabo out of the training camp, a story the tactician has moved swiftly to deny.
“There is no truth in the report that I was told to leave the camp. On Tuesday, the Technical Adviser [Gernot Rohr] arrived camp and held a first meeting with everyone in camp, in a wonderful atmosphere,” Amapakabo told the NFF’s official website.
“He preached team spirit and insisted each and every person in camp is important. After the day’s training, I went to meet him for permission to travel to Enugu and lead my team against MFM FC in a rescheduled NPFL match on Wednesday.
“He saw the need for me to be there and wished me good luck. The TA (Technical Adviser) also told me that it was important I returned to camp immediately after the match.”
Rohr, who has spoken of his desire to improve the quality of local coaching in the country, backed up his assistant’s comments, saying he gave him his blessings to travel to Enugu.
“I never dismissed him. Rather, I was excited that we have a member of the technical crew doing so well with his club and I have heard many people say Rangers have a good chance of winning the League, and I know it is a great club with a great tradition,” said Rohr.
“He [Amapakabo] told me it was important for him to go as three points from there would see his team topping the table, with few matches left in the season. You can only encourage such a person.”
Amapakabo is expected back in Uyo today as preparations continue for Rohr’s debut as Super Eagles manager against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania on Saturday.