Peter Odemwingie scores again as Essien's Persib see coach depart

Peter Odemwingie scores again as Essien's Persib see coach depart
From ESPN - July 17, 2017

There was joy for ex-Stoke City winger Peter Odemwingie and angst for his former Premier League rival Michael Essien after the latest round of matches in Indonesia's Liga 1.

Madura United went top on Monday evening with a 1-0 win over bottom club Persiba Balikpapan, with Odemwingie extending his lead in the scoring ranks with a strike eight minutes before the break -- his 13th of the season.

The former Nigeria international fired home with a low shot from just outside the area as Madura United secured their eighth win of the season.

But Essien's Persib Bandung are facing up to life without long-serving coach Djadjang Nurdjaman who resigned on Sunday after yet another defeat.

Despite signing former Real Madrid and Chelsea midfielder Essien and ex-England striker Carlton Cole, Persib's 2-1 loss at the hands of Mitra Kukar kept the big-spending team in 12th in the table.

After 15 games, the West Javan team, who had been tipped to challenge for the title. have won five, drawn five and lost five, scoring just 14 goals in the process. They are eight points behind behind high-flying Madura United.

Djadjang, appointed in 2013, has been under pressure from fans and management from early in the season, even when the team were near the top of the standings. So it was little surprise that he handed in his resignation.

"Persib is very grateful for the achievements, professionalism, dedication and loyalty shown by coach Djadjang since the beginning of 2013," read a statement on the club's official homepage.


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