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Udi dumps Osun Utd, set for Sunshine role

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Udi dumps Osun Utd, set for Sunshine role

Femi Makinde and  Peter Dada

Former Nigeria midfielder Duke Udi on Monday  resigned as National League outfit  Osun United  coach.

The PUNCH reported exclusively on Monday that Udi was set to ditch the Osogbo side to take over at struggling  Premier League side Sunshine Stars.

Sunshine became managerless  following the sudden resignation of former Super Eagles coach Austine Eguavoen from the Akure club.

One of our  correspondents learnt that the Ondo State Football Agency concluded contract talks  with   Udi to take over the reins at Sunshine, who are currently battling for survival, on Sunday.

And   former Eagles midfielder Udi, who   might  be unveiled  in Akure this week, tendered his resignation from Osun United, with the fans and board left shocked by his action.

Spokesman for Osun United Tunde Shamsudeen confirmed  that Udi resigned his appointment with the club on Monday afternoon.

“The Osun United management committee led by Jimoh Olayemi  held an emergency meeting after receiving Udi’s resignation letter, wished him the very best in his future endeavours and will name a substantive head coach that will fill the vacuum created soon,” Shamsudeen said in a statement.

A source close to Sunshine told one of our correspondents that former Shooting Stars attacker Udi is expected to arrive in Akure to sign a contract with the Ondo State Government-owned side “any moment”.

The source said, “Udi is expected in Akure any moment. Though he has resigned from Osun United,   he has not resumed here (Sunshine). Now that he has resigned  from Osun United, that means arrangements with the ODSFA have been concluded.”

However,  spokesman for  Sunshine  Chris Okunuwa neither  confirmed nor denied  Udi’s impending move to the club.

Okunuwa said, “If the coach (Udi)  has been signed, the ODSFA would not do it in secret, the whole world will know.”


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