Earvin Ngapeth has recently made known that he will be leaving Italy’s Modena after the current season is over. His transfer is the result of a feud with the team’s coach, Radostin Stoytchev. The feud put Modena’s general management in an uncomfortable position, as both player and coach have a splendid relationship with the team’s president, Catia Pedrini. Here is what Ngapeth had to say about his relationship with his soon to be former boss:
“I spoke with Catia. It’s very difficult because I love her very much, she loves me a lot, I love this club and its supporters, but I can not give up the opportunity to go to Kazan.”
A few hous later, Catia herself made public her reaction to Ngapeth’s annoucement (Gazzetta.it):
“I hope that those have known me these past years know of my passion for volleyball in Modena, and my duty to recognize the value of sincerity. I would have preferred, to say frankly, that Earvin awaited until the finish of the playoffs, before publicizing his decision. Of one thing I’m sure: Sunday, in game two against Lube, he will be our main driver, together with the whole team and the whole group. We will fight to the last ball, in the name of a dream that certainly does not die here.
In the Modena courts, Ngapeth has guaranteed years of emotions and victories. I am grateful to him, as I have no doubt of his gratitude towards a team that has given him so much. In Russia, if I can venture a prediction, he will miss us! As for all the issues related to the management of Modena Volley, well, due to a duty of fairness I will withhold to my analysis until the end of the season. Thanks Earvin.
Go Azimut Modena Volley!
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