Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) side Sporting Lagos have announced the official appointment of Paul Aigbogun as the club’s Technical Director, www.aclsports.com reports.
Aigbogun, who was the head coach of the Nigeria U-20 team in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup is a UEFA-licensed coach. He also previously served as the Deputy Technical Director of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
Over the past year, Aigbogun has worked behind the scenes and played a vital role in the side’s promotion from the Nigeria National League (NNL) to the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL). He was also heavily involved in the setting up of the club’s football academy and facilitating with affiliate club, Aarhus Fremad.
Speaking about his role at the Lagos side, Aigbogun said: “I’m delighted to be here. We’ve achieved a lot in two years and we’re still learning, but we’re very ambitious. We aim for excellence across the first team and youth levels, as well as at Aarhus. We have an outstanding team, both on and off the pitch, and we’re going to push as far as we can.”
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On the appointment, Sporting Lagos owner, Shola Akinlade said: “Paul has been a significant part of our journey so far and we’re glad to have him on board. As we build the next generation of football talent, we look forward to the work he’ll do at Sporting Lagos, both at Youth and Senior levels.”
As Technical Director at Sporting Lagos, Aigbogun will provide technical support for the senior team as the noisy Lagosians continue their journey in their maiden NPFL season. He will also work closely with the football academy and affiliate club, Aarhus Fremad.
After a 19-year playing career that spanned across several countries such as England, USA, Wales, Ireland, and Norway, Aigbogun started his career as a coach at Oldham Athletic in 2000. Between 2009 and 2018, he was head coach and technical director at NPFL sides, Warri Wolves and Enyimba, with a short stint as Head Coach of FC Cape Town in 2012.
With Enyimba, he won the Nigerian FA Cup in 2013, finished 2nd in the league in 2014, and reached the semi-final of the CAF Champions League in 2018. He also guided Warri Wolves to the CAF Confederations Cup three times.