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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 September 2006, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Nigeria champions sack coach
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Oceans Boys will play in the Champions League next year

Newly-crowned Nigeria league champions Ocean Boys have sacked their Belgian coach Maurice Cooreman.

According to club chairman Ngor Silva the coach was dismissed for making"negative comments" about the club.

"He has generated negative publicity for the club with his unfounded remarks and as such we have no option than to let him go," Silva said.

Cooreman, who has worked with several local clubs including Insurance, Lobi Stars and Gabros, has been widely quoted in the local press saying that he has not been paid his salary for the past six months.

Ocean Boys emerged as league champions against the odds for the first time in their history on 10 September.

They finished top of a mini-tournament for the top four clubs during the regular season.

They will now represent Nigeria in next year's Champions League alongside runners-up Nasarawa United.

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