Iyowuna Edward makes peace with Dolphins

Dolphins midfielder, Iyowuna Edward says he is sorry for the misunderstanding that led to the physical assault of Dolphins manager, Stanley Eguma at the Sharks Stadium some time back.

A few minutes after the Rivers State FA Cup final ended a group of hoodlums manhandled Stanley Eguma shortly after post match interviews citing his refusal to register Edward in the current Dolphins team as reason for their assault.

Iyowuna was promptly suspended indefinitely by the club management but he has now come out to state his own side of the story.

“I really cannot be happy over what happened but I am even more saddened by the fact that it has been linked to me,” Edward told naijafootball247.com.

“I did not send any body to beat up the coach, I have never done such in all my years playing and I have no reason to start now.”

Edward explained that he was out of the state and later country at the time of the assault saying that sometimes, in the part of Port Harcourt he lives, the boys really need little motivation to attack.

“You must understand that I am the only person from “town” (the name of the part of Port Harcourt he lives) that play for Dolphins and I usually give back to them by donating cash and material gifs to them regularly.

“Whenever they competitions I usually donate balls, boots and other tiems to them, sometimes I even give them money.

“But in recent times when they ask me for stuff I tell them things have changed and that I do not play regularly for the club again so I do not get match bonuses so maybe that informed their decision to attack the coach and tell him they are doing it because I do not play but I did not send anyone to beat up the coach.

“Anyone can ask for the records at Dolphins and they will see that I have one of the best disciplinary records in the team and I was disappointed when this happened.”

He further explained that he was away on trials in Asia and after impressing the club president googled his name and saw stories of him linked with the assault of his coach at Dolphins.

“It was disheartening, discouraging and disappointing for me to almost lose that deal because of an incident I was not a part of.

“Since I returned to Nigeria I have been to the club camp and met with the players to explain this and I have also spoken with the coaches and management.

“I just hope I will no longer be linked with what happened because I was really not a part of it and will never be a part of such.

“My club president told me to go back home and sort out the matter with Dolphins because he felt I should not be involved in such things and even when I explained to him he made me understand that I had to clear my name first and that is why I returned to Port Harcourt to set the records straight.

“I repeat I was not part of the assault on Stanley Eguma and will never be.” Edward insisted.

Iyowuna Edward started his career with Sharks and then he moved to Rangers before trying his luck in Malasia.

He returned to joined Dolphins in 2006 and won the FA Cup with the team that year.

He broke his leg in training before a CAF Confederation Cup match in 2007 and was out for 8 months but returned to guide the team back to the Premier League in 2009.

He again broke his leg during an FA Cup Round of 64 game in 2009 and only returned to playing last year when he was certified fit by the club’s medical crew to resume.
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