BREAKING: Elkanemi warriors unveil Amapakabo as new manager

NPFL By: Ambrose Udeme | 17/10/2017

Nigeria Professional Football League side Elkanemi warriors have officially confirmed the signing of former Rangers and Enyimba coach Imama Amapakabo as its new manager in an unveiling ceremony held at the club on Tuesday.

Amapakabo who is a member of the Super Eagles coaching led by Gernot Rohr returns to club football one season after leading Rangers of Enugu to their first Premier League title in 32 years in 2016.

The management of Enugu Rangers fired Imama Amapakabo few hours after Rangers were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Zesco United of Zambia in the first leg playoffs round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Born July 27, 1969 into the family of Amapakabo in Okrika town, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Amapakabo started his football career as a striker, but ended up as a goalkeeper.

The 48-year-old was part of the victorious Golden Eaglets team that won the maiden edition of FIFA U17 World Cup in 1985 in China. The new Warriors boss was the second choice goalkeeper for the Nigerian youth team.

Amapakabo started his career on the touchline with Sharks FC (now Rivers United) in 2002 before departing in 2012 for Enyimba FC, where he worked as assistant coach for two years. In 2014, He left for Enugu Rangers to serve as an assistant coach to Kelechi Emeteole. In 2015, the Rangers board of management named the then greenhorn tactician as the Flying Antelopes’ head coach.