Maurice Cooreman, the newly-contracted Technical Adviser of the reigning Federation Cup winners, Akwa United FC of Uyo has told Nigerian Pilot Sports that at age 72, he is definitely not too old to coach the team.
“Who says I’m too old to handle Akwa United? Who? I have traversed the length and breadth of Africa, coaching top team. At 73, if I’m not better equipped to work with a team like Akwa I wonder who else is,’’ roared Cooreman in an exclusive chat with our man at Monty Suites in Uyo.
Cooreman went on: ‘’If I didn’t qualify for this job, I would not be here. Akwa United can make it big at the CAF Confederation Cup. That’s why I’ve been contracted. That’s why I’m in Uyo.’’
The club consultant, Paul Bassey, spoke to Nigerian Pilot Sports in Uyo on the choice of Cooreman.
“He’s won it all, the League, FA Cup. He’s taken 5 teams to Africa; 35 matches in all, I’m very excited. He didn’t take those clubs up like he’s doing with Akwa United, he took Enyimba to the semi finals of the CAF Champions League. If Maurice Cooreman cannot do it no other person can,” Bassey said
”I read recently that Enyimba are looking for another coach even when Kadiri Ikhana helped them win the league, Coaches are hired and fired. The Management of Akwa understand this is big for us, last season we were struggling to escape relegation; we won that cup by the grace of God, so we cannot take chances.’’
Cooreman led Ocean Boys to the title in 2006, but was sacked in September 2006 and then rehired two weeks later. He managed Enyimba from October 2006 to November 2008, and received a five match ban in April 2008 after attacking a referee. He was appointed manager of Ghanaian side Asante Kotoko in November 2008, but was sacked in February 2009.
Cooreman has also managed NPA, Bendel Insurance, Lobi Stars and Gabros International. He was hired in August 2009 to coach Kaduna United FC.
In 2010, Cooreman, who led Kaduna United to a historic Federation Cup glory for the first time for the state, decided to extend his stay with the team for another year.
In 2012, the Belgian tactician was named as the new head coach of Warri Wolves. He signed a one-year contract with Gombe United in October 2012. He resigned for health in 2014.
He was hired in March 2015 as coach of second-division Ikorodu United. He led the team to gain promotion to the Premier League before crossing over to Uyo to join Akwa United.

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