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Maurice Cooreman, a former coach with several Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) sides, has died.

The late coach, who managed clubs in the Nigerian domestic league such as Akwa United, Enyimba, Ocean Boys, Warri Wolves, Gombe United, Bendel Insurance, Lobi Stars and Gabros as well as Kaduna United, reportedly passed away in his native Belgium at the age of 79.

Cooreman led the defunct Ocean Boys to the Nigerian title in 2006, but was sacked in September 2006 and then rehired two weeks later.

He managed Enyimba from October 2006 to November 2008 and received a five-match ban in April 2008 after attacking a referee.

He also ventured into the Ghanaian League when he was appointed manager of Asante Kotoko in November 2008.

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.

On 20 February 2012, Cooreman was named as the new head coach of Warri Wolves. He signed a one-year contract with Gombe United in October 2012.

He resigned from Gombe United in 2014 due to health issues. And 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.

Cooreman, married to a Nigerian woman, had had three children, including sons Davy and Steve who are professional footballers in Belgium.

By Amara

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