The departure of Nigerian, Michael Emenalo, from the post of technical director at English Premier League club Chelsea came as a surprise.
Emenalo, who was at the club for a decade, was the only African holding a top executive position in the elite football league.
His position would have no doubt put him at constant loggerheads with the club’s coach but that he stayed on the job despite Chelsea changing managers 11 times tells a lot about his exceptional skills and persona.
I have met Emenalo several times. First at the Best of Africa Awards in London and most recently at a party organised to celebrate the achievements of Brighton Albion Manager Chris Hughton, the only black Premier League manager.