Basketball coach, Peter Ahmedu says he made a “personal choice” as a “professional” to not continue as Head Coach of First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos after three years at the helm following the club’s refusal to meet his demands for an increased salary in light of what he described as Nigeria’s “very tight” economy.
Ahmedu, who coached male side Mark Mentors to the league title in 2015 and is an assistant coach with the female national basketball side, D’Tigress took over as head coach of the Lagos-based female basketball side in October 2015 following the sack of Adewunmi Aderemi and led the team to three consecutive Zenith Bank Basketball League titles.
The Elephant Girls, however, failed to renew his contract and subsequently announced former Lagos Islanders and Kwara Falcons head coach Lateef Erinfolami as their new head coach.
“I want to thank First Bank for the opportunity to work with them,” Ahmedu told busybuddiesng.com whilst explaining the reasons behind his departure.
“As a professional, I work in a professional way, it’s just a personal choice. I won the league for them back to back three times and I felt if there’s need for me to stay I think they need to review my salary and that’s the key because the economy is very tight right now and they felt there is no need to review the salary so they let us go.”
The former Dodan Amazons head coach says being without a job affords him the opportunity to improve on his “lapses” in preparation for his next job even as he reiterated his readiness to work with any basketball team – male or female – prepared to meet his “terms”.
“As a coach, this gives me more time to sit down view my lapses and also make it clear to everybody that I am a free agent [and I’m willing to work with] both male and female teams. Anyone that is available, I’m ready to pick it as long as we talk to our terms,” Ahmedu said.