Newsbreak reports that former Head Coach of Enyimba, Warri Wolves, and several other Nigerian clubs, Maurice Cooreman, died in his native Belgium.
The veteran tactician passed away aged 79. The cause of his death cannot be established as of the time of publishing this report.
Reacting to Cooreman’s death, the League Management Company (LMC) wrote on its verified Twitter handle on Tuesday: “Our condolences to the family of Maurice Cooreman following his death in his country, Belgium. He will always remain a legend in the NPFL having worked with multiple clubs as well as winning the title once with Oceans Boys in 2006.”
Courtesy of Newsbreak, below are some of the things you might not know about late Cooreman:
1) Cooreman has three children, including sons Davy and Steve who are professional footballers in Belgium. He is married to a Nigerian woman.
2) Cooreman led Ocean Boys to the title in 2006, but was sacked in September 2006 and then rehired two weeks later.
3) He managed Enyimba from October 2006 to November 2008, and received a five match ban in April 2008 after attacking a referee.
4) He was appointed manager of Ghanaian side Asante Kotoko in November 2008, but was sacked in February 2009.
5) Cooreman has also managed Bendel Insurance, Lobi Stars and Gabros International.
6) He was hired in August 2009 to coach Kaduna United FC.
7) On 30 August 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.
8) On 20 February 2012, Cooreman was named as the new head coach of Warri Wolves.
9) He signed a one-year contract with Gombe United in October 2012. He resigned due to health reasons in 2014.
10) He was hired in March 2015 as coach of second-division Ikorodu United.
After helping Ikorodu win promotion, he signed for Akwa United ahead of the 2016 season for a chance to coach again in continental football. He returned to Ikorodu in January 2017 after being sacked by Akwa United.