Akwa United head coach, Justin Tenger has vowed not to return to the side except the management recant the purported sack report in one of the Nigerian tabloids.
An unquoted source in the sports tabloid on Friday said the Akwa United management has sacked Tenger and the entire players.
However, Akwa United chairman, Isong Isang has come out to deny the reported sack of the coach and the players insisting that no such decisions were taken by the Uyo-based side.
Tenger said the publication is damaging to his reputation and insisted he will only return to the side’s coaching job except the management recant the report or cause a rejoinder in like manner to be published in same medium.
“I spoke with the chairman, Isong Isang over the purported sack of the side head coach, Justin Tenger and the players as boldly reported by the said sports daily and he stoutly denied knowledge of any decision of the management to sack the coach and players.
“Isang pleaded with me to come back to the side on Monday as early agreed before I departed to my home town for the burial arrangement of my late elder brother but I told him promptly that I felt embarrassed and blackmailed by the report.
“I told him that I don’t want their job any longer rather they should work out my entitlement and remit same to me in strict accordance with the contract terms.
“I said I’ve declared myself vacant and will be available to any side that need my service as I’m not keen to struggle the position with anyone.
“Isang insisted I should disregard the publication as 100% false and come back to Uyo to commence preparations for the new season but I told him the only condition that will make me return is if the management went ahead to officially clarify the report, refute and give a rejoinder else I’m out of the job completely.
“I’m not begging for the job, I’ve done my own part keeping the side in the Premier League and if for any reason my service is no more needed we shouldn’t go to the media to embarrass ourselves,” the former Niger Tornadoes coach said to supersport.com.
Tenger guided Akwa United to berth safely and avoid relegation in the out gone 2012/13 Glo Premier League season as they finished on the 16th spot on 51 points.
Supersport.com made several calls to the chairman, Isong Isang to hear from their own end but the calls were not answered.