Sporting Lagos announce the appointment of Olusanjo Olutayo as first-team coach.
Olutayo replaces coach Uche Okagbue who was in charge for 19 games. He will guide be in charge of the next four games left in the Nigeria National League season, the club confirmed in a statement.
Fola Olatunji-David, Governing Board Member, says: “We are delighted to have Sanjo join us at Sporting Lagos. In our conversations with him leading up to his appointment, we are very impressed with his vision for competing at the highest levels, and we are happy that it aligns with our long-term vision for the club.
Olutayo says: “I’m happy and excited to be announced as the head coach of Sporting Lagos. It is an honour and a privilege to work for the club in the city where I was born, raised and developed my passion for the game. Despite the challenges of the environment in which it finds itself, Sporting is committed to excellence, operating in a professional manner & developing the premier footballing institute in Nigeria and beyond.
At this point, we are faced with the challenge of maintaining our place in the league. It is a challenge I’m very much up for. And having met spoken and trained with the players, my belief in our survival and growth is strengthened. I hope that through hard work our playing principles will begin to show in the team performances and we can consistently put on a spectacle our fans can be excited by and proud of! Hala Sporting!”
Olutayo is said to have spent the last eight years developing and coaching young players in Europe. In 2017, he moved to Finland, where he was appointed Head Coach of the Tervarit Juniorit junior team.
Olutayo has met with the first-team players and had their first training session last Thursday. He will be managing his first home game on July 3rd, 2022.
Sporting Lagos has also appointed Micah Bello as the team’s assistant coach. Bello will work directly with Olutayo.