Wikki Tourists sack coach Baba Ganaru
*For poor runs in domestic, international matches
By Olayinka Elebute
Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi, have parted ways with their technical adviser, Mohammed Baba Ganaru.
The former Kano Pillars handler was given his sack letter on Friday by the Bauchi Elephants’ management.
A source in the club told www.gongnews.net that the sacking has been late in coming as the poor run of results on the continent and in the domestic scene have not endeared the manager to his employer.
“Yes, coach Mohammed Baba Ganaru was given his sack letter Friday by the management.
“Management has been patient with the embattled coach hoping that with time the fortune of the side will improve. Ganaru would have been sacked immediately the side lost the campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup.
“However, rather than the side’s fortunes improving there is steady decline which raised fear that if something urgent is not done the side may be a candidate for relegation.
“I think poor performance of the coach was solely responsible for his sack on Friday. Wikki Tourists are the only team in the on-going top-flight yet to claim a point on the road even after losing vital points on home ground.
“The chief coach, Mbwas Mangut, has been asked to take charge of the team pending the time the management decides on engaging a replacement.
“The management has already informed the team of the sack as well as a reminder to the players that some of them too will face the same experience as the sacked coach,” said the source.
The former Heartland coach, Mangut’s first assignment in charge of the Bauchi landlords will be Wednesday’s top-flight re-scheduled week 13 clash against current league champions, Enugu Rangers.
Wikki Tourists are presently 17th in the 20-team top-flight on 21 points, 14 behind league leaders, Plateau United of Jos, with a game to spare against Rangers International of Enugu.