Enyimba Football Club of Aba announced yesterday that Coach Usman Abd’allah has been relieved of his duties as Technical Adviser with immediate effect.“After a string of disappointing results the club believes it must set a new course now and regain its competitive edge, domestically and on the continent.“In the interim, Coach Fatai Osho will take over the head coach duties. All other announcements on this subject will be made later, a statement from the team announced yesterday morning. Chairman of the club, Felix Anyansi Agwu, said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly, nor in haste.“Results and performances since the start of this season have been very unimpressive and the club must take action to forestall further setbacks.“We are speaking to the players too and they must do better otherwise there will be consequences. As Enyimba we are committed to earning positive results always and we can’t accept nothing less,” stressed the chairman of the club in a veiled threat to weed out more if there is no meaningful change to the fortunes of the former African champions.“The Club wishes Coach Usman Abd’allah the best for the future and thank him for his service,” concludes the statement signed by Enyimba’s Media Officer, Zazi Bariza Samuel.Abdalla led Enyimba to win their record eighth Nigeria championship last season and they also reached the semifinals of the CAF Confederation Cup last year.Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of the People’s Elephant at Plateau United has seen the eight-time Nigeria champions drop to 13th position on the NPFL table with 15 points from 10 matches.Enyimba feature in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup remain uncertain.They are third in Group D with three points from three matches and host Paradou from Algeria this weekend in continuation of the competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
For More Info Bryant bombarded the Clippers with 40 points in the second half – the second highest point total in a half in Lakers history. He once scored 42 in a half in March 2003. His biggest shot came with 11.4 seconds left, a running jump shot that snapped a 12-1 Clippers run. The Clippers were briefly up 109-108 with 25.0 seconds left when Elton Brand scored over the Lakers’ Kwame Brown. In his second game back from a two-game suspension for a flagrant foul, Bryant hit a game-winning 6-foot jump shot with 11.4 seconds left and exploded for 50 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to give the Lakers a 112-109 victory in front of 20,154 Saturday night at Staples Center. • Photo Gallery: 01/07: Lakers vs. Clippers LOS ANGELES – If the Lakers and Clippers are connected this season as borderline playoff teams without serious chances of winning a championship, the Lakers at least have one thing the Clippers don’t: a show-stopping, logic-defying superstar with the ability to take over basketball games and do things that often border on impossible named Kobe Bryant. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe Clippers had a possession down 110-109 with 11.4 seconds, but a turnover from Shaun Livingston gave the Lakers’ Smush Parker an uncontested fast-break layup to put the Lakers up 112-109. On the Clippers’ next possession, Cuttino Mobley made a 3-point shot that came after the final buzzer. Mobley finished with a season-high 36 points, and Brand had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Bryant scored 11 consecutive points with three 3-pointers in a 2:01 span to start the fourth quarter and give the Lakers an 89-82 lead. But after that, the scrappy Clippers hung around and engineered a 10-1 run to pull to 108-107 with 48.6 left. Midway through the third quarter, it hardly looked as if Bryant and the Lakers could pounce on the Clippers the way they did. The Clippers led by 13 midway through the third quarter and were up 82-78 heading into Bryant’s quarter, the fourth quarter. The Clippers had never beaten the Lakers three in a row in Clippers history until they won on Nov. 18 with a 97-91 victory. Historically, the Lakers have beaten up on the Clippers more than any other team. So compared with the body of their matchups, the past few games have been an aberration. The Lakers held a .750 winning percentage (124-42) against the Clippers heading into Saturday’s game, and the Lakers just lost two series to the Clippers in 1992-93 and 1974-75, when the franchise was the Buffalo Braves. Hardly a day goes by in which the topic of Clippers injuries doesn’t come up between Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy and reporters. That subject came up again on Saturday and became most apparent with the team’s defense of Bryant. The Clippers started rookie Daniel Ewing on Bryant, then switched to second-year guards Shaun Livingston and Quinton Ross. Typically, Corey Maggette defends Bryant, but he is out with a separated ligament in his left foot. “He’s somebody that puts a lot of pressure on Kobe to play defense – that’s the biggest thing,” Dunleavy said. “When you run into someone on the schedule with a really good player, you want to make him expend energy on both ends of the floor.” email@example.com (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!