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One of the members of Nigeria’s famed golden age squad, the 1994 Super Eagles has been sacked by his French club.


He is Michael Emenalo who until the weekend was the sporting director of French side, Monaco. His sack came barely 24 hours after that of Thierry Henry, also a legend of the French 1998 World Cup winning side and Arsenal in the Premiership.

Michael Emenalo had a special assignment of marking Diego Maradona at the USA ’94 World Cup


The sack of the due is as a result of chains of poor result  that has left the Ligue 1 side sitting one point off the bottom of the table and have only managed to win three league games so far this season.


For Henry, a member of the Belgium coaching crew at the World Cup, he won just two league games as Monaco boss before he was given the chop on Friday.


Consequently, Leonardo Jardim was reappointed as manger three months after being sacked.


Previously sacked Leonardo Jardim is back on the saddle

For Nigeria’s Emenalo, who as sporting director since joining the club from Chelsea in 2017, the Ligue 1 side terminated his appointment after just 20 games with the club.

The 53 year old former Super Eagles’ defender was reportedly to have fallen out with Monaco’s vice president, Vadim Vasilyev following Monaco’s poor run of form in the league.


Related Story: How Emenalo missed Maradona’s last international shirt

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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