Former Nigerian International Joseph Akpala has been appointed as the interim manager of the Belgium Jupiler League side KV Kortrijk.
Akpala spent most of his playing in Belgium and has a short stint in the Gulf region before retiring and taking up a managerial role.
He worked as an assistant to Veertien Speelers at KV Kortrijk last season before the Belgian left the club.
The team resumed training on Monday and Akpala has been saddled with the responsibility of leading the team until a substantial coach is appointed.
“You can choose what you say to me. Coach or Joseph, I’m still the same,” laughs Joseph Akpala.
“Together with Jimmy and Kurt Berton, we want to give the players everything they need for now.
They are not concerned about the current situation, but it would be nice for them to get some clarity as well.
I believe the club is doing everything for them and will come with positive news soon. What will my future look like then?
I still have a contract, but I also know that a new head coach will be appointed. I then decide whether to stay or take on other challenges.
I don’t necessarily want to become T1 yet, but I will one day. I am young and still have many things to learn”, Akpala said after his appointment.
Akpala who also played for Bendel Insurance before leaving Nigeria, represented Super Eagles at the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup in Brazil under late coach Stephen Keshi.