KVC Westerlo of Belgium have explained their decision to do away with the services of former Super Eagles’ striker, Emmanuel Emenike, with a verdict that he failed to improve his form after several weeks with the club, megasportsarena.com reports.
Although Emenike’s arrival at the club with a strong Nigerian tradition appeared to get off a a feverish pitch earlier in the summer, Westerlo issued a statement indicating that several efforts to help the player regain his once fiery form failed to yield desired results, and they were left without any choice but to let him go.
Emenike, who started his overseas career in South Africa, before shinning in the Turkish Super Lig with Karabükspor and Fenerbahçe as well as with Spartak Moscow of Russia, West Ham United of England, Al-Ain of United Arab Emirates, Las Palmas of Spain and Olympiakos of Greece, was without a club for a year before signing a season-long deal with Westerlo.
However, the modest Belgian second-tier league club, whose academy in Lagos is run by former Eagles’ goalkeeper and Atlanta ’96 gold medalist, Joseph Dosu, stated in a press release that they have cancelled the contract they had with Emenike after less than two months.
This comes after the 32-year-old Emenike saw only 149 minutes of action in five games for the second division side, without a single goal to show for his efforts, and the team’s management felt duty to bound to allow him move on, after holding several talks with the player and agents.
The club stated: “Emmanuel Emenike and KVC Westerlo have decision after discussion to end their co-operation. Despite the many guarantees to improve, it was not possible to bring the player up to a level that both parties had envisaged.
“It was decided then to end the relationship on a good note. KVC Westerlo thanks Emmanuel for choosing our club and the confidence in the club and the player thanks the club for the opportunity it offered him.”