Kano Pillars Sack Technical Adviser, Kadiri Ikhana

Shooting Stars, Kadiri Ikhana, NPFLKano Pillars Technical Adviser, Kadiri Ikhana, has been sacked ahead of the second stanza of the league.

The former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions suffered a 1-3 defeat to defending champions, Enugu Rangers, in a rescheduled game on Sunday.

The 65-year-old paid for the club’s lack of results, seeing them lie 12th with seven wins in 19 games.

Coach Ikhana was appointed as Mohammed Babaganaru’s successor, following Pillars unimpressive campaign last season.

The team has conceded 16 goals and scored 16 in their 19-league games this season to be sitting three points from safety.

NPFL: Ikhana Resigns As Coach Of Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars, Kadiri Ikhana, NPFLKadiri Ikhana on Monday resigned as the Head Coach of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Shooting Stars of Ibadan.

The experienced coach joined the Oluyole Warriors at the beginning of the ongoing season.

Ikhana explained that the failure of the management to issue him a contract paper, almost at the end of the first stanza of the league, prompted his decision.

He lamented that the hardship faced by the players was also one of the reasons he decided to take a walk at the Ibadan warlords.

Reacting to this, the General Manager of Shooting Stars, Rasheed Balogun, told Channels Sports that the club was yet to receive any resignation letter from Mr Ikhana.

He added that he was doing his best to ensure that the welfare of the players improves as soon as possible.

Shooting Stars are presently 18 on the NPFL table after being defeated by Wikki Tourists of Bauchi on Sunday.

Joshua Enaholo Joins Enyimba

enaholoFlying Eagles Goalkeeper, Joshua Enaholo, has joined Nigeria Professional Football League side, Eyimba FC, from lower division side, MFM.

Enaholo, who was in goal for Nigeria during the 2015 African Youth Championship and the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, has been cleared by his club to make the move to the Aba Elephants.

Enaholo was also in goal for the Flying Eagles when the team defeated Enyimba 2-0 during the Super Six invitational in Abuja.

Enaholo’s arrival has increased the number of goalkeepers at Enyimba and will equally boost competition in goal as club coach, Kadiri Ikhana, seeks an unprecedented seventh title.

Ikhana quits Falcons job, says target wasn’t met

Coach Kadiri Ikhana has quit his job as the head coach of Falcons two days after the disappointing outing of the squad against Cameroon in the third place tie of the African Women’s championship in Equatorial Guinea.

Prior to their third place loss to Cameroon’s Lionesses, the Super Falcons went into the 2012 edition of the AWC as the defending champions after lifting the trophy in the previous edition but their chances of defending the title slipped out of their hands after they lost 1-0 to 2012 host; Banyana Banyana in the semi-final.

And to worsen their predicament, the Falcons finished fourth place making it their worst-ever result at continental level.

According Ikhana, he decided to quit because his target was to lift the trophy in the 2012 edition of the AWC.

“I resigned because my personal target was to lift the trophy,” said Ikhana.

“I let the country down, so I deeply apologize and take full responsibility for the disappointment in Equatorial Guinea.

“This failure informed my decision to quit the stage.”

Ikhana, who was speaking to local media in the capital Abuja, had met the target set for him in his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) but the 60-year-old felt that was not enough.

The NFF is expected to make an official statement on Ikhana this week.

Kadiri ikhana replaced the former coach; Eucharia Uche, whose contract was not renewed after last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, and he signed a four-year deal in April.

He was charged with reviving the fortunes of the Super Falcons following their failure to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

Ikhana set the task of reaching the semi-finals of both the 2012 African Women’s Championship and the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup finals in Canada, as well as qualification for the 2015 All Africa games in Mozambique and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Hosts Equatorial Guinea beat South Africa 4-1 on Sunday to win the African Women’s Championship.

Super Falcons beat Cote d’Ivoire 3-1 to enter semis

 Nigeria’s super Falcons yesterday qualified for the semi-finals of the on-going Africa Women Championship after thrashing Ivory Coast 3-1 in the final group B match.

Evelyn Nwabuoku would have been the stage opener effort with a pass from defender Ngozi Ebere went astray as it the side net, but less than a minute after that effort, the Super Falcons got the lead through Ogonna Chukwudi.

Chances were coming in great measure for the Nigerian women who dominated their rivals with Stella Mbachu and Ngozi Okobi being constant threats to the Ivorian team and in the 42nd minute it paid off again as defender Ngozi Ebere latched home the second for Nigeria a free kick while Mbachu took the game beyond the opponents with the third goal in the 75th minute.

But the Ivorians fought back in the closing stages of the game and were rewarded with a consolation goal scored by N’Rehy Tia Viho Ines in the 82nd minute.

Falcons coach Kadiri Ikhana praised the performance of his players saying the maximum points gained from three group matches were indication that Nigeria could retain the title.

Nigeria’s semi-finals opponents are the Bayana Bayana of South Africa on Wednesday at the Nkoantoma Stadium, 5.30pm Nigerian time.