Nigeria assistant coach Imama Amakpakabo has denied reports he has been sacked by new boss, Gernot Rohr.
There were reports in some section of the media (not this website) that new Super Eagles boss Rohr had wielded the big stick by axing Amakpakabo from his backroom staff, but the Enugu Rangers coach has denied such reports.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with fcnaija.com, Amakpakabo admitted left the Nigeria camp in Uyo ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations against Tanzania this weekend, to be in charge of his team, Rangers, who play MFM in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional League game today.
He said: “The coaching crew and the entire backroom staff had a meeting with the new coach yesterday and after that I obtained permission to leave because of my game today which he (Rohr) and the NFF granted.
“So as I speak to you, I only left to attend my game and I still have my belongings in Uyo because I only left with a shirt and a trouser.
“So whoever it is that is saying I got chased away from camp got that story from somewhere else,” he posited.
Amakpakabo, along with Salisu Yusuf and Alloy Agu had been named by the NFF as assistant coaches to German Rohr, who has also come in with three other assistants.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles play the Taifa Stars of Tanzania in an inconsequential 2017 Africa Cup of Nations this weekend as both teams have already failed to qualify.