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 etc 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.
Nigeria’s League Management confirmed the death of the 79-year-old in a post on
Twitter, saying: “Our condolences to the family of Maurice Cooreman following his
death in his country, Belgium.
“He will always remain a legend in the NPFL having worked with multiple clubs as
well as winning the title once with Oceans Boys in 2006.
He managed Enyimba from October 2006 to November 2008 and received a five-
match ban in April 2008 after attacking a referee.
Cooreman also managed the NPA. Bendel Insurance, Lobi Stars and Gabros as well as
He also ventured into the Ghanaian League when he was appointed manager of
Asante Kotoko in November 2008.
On August 30, 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
On February 20, 2012, Cooreman was named as the new head coach of Warri Wolves.
He signed a one-year contract with Gombe United in October 2012. Cooreman
resigned in 2014 before he was hired in March 2015 as coach of second-division