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Kadiri Ikhana (born 31 December 1951) is a Nigerian football coach and former player who last managed Kano Pillars.

Kadiri Ikhana
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-12-31) 31 December 1951 (age 66)[1]
National team
Nigeria
Teams managed
El-Kanemi Warriors
BCC Lions
Kwara United
Sunshine Stars
Sharks
Giwa
2003 Enyimba
2004 Nigeria Olympic
2008 Kano Pillars
2012 Nigeria women
2013 Nasarawa United
2014–2015 Enyimba
2016 Shooting Stars
2016–2017 Kano Pillars

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Playing careerEdit

Ikhana played club football with Bendel Insurance, winning the league in 1979 and the FA Cup in 1978 and 1980.[2]

Ikhana represented Nigeria at international level, playing for them in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches at the 1980 Summer Olympic Games.[1] He won the 1980 African Cup of Nations with Nigeria.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Ikhana has coached a number of Nigerian club sides, including El-Kanemi Warriors, BCC Lions, Kwara United, Sunshine Stars, Sharks and Giwa.[3]

Ikhana managed Nigeria's Enyimba, winning the African Champions League in 2003.[4] He was awarded CAF's Coach of the Year that same year.[4] In 2004, he was manager of the Nigerian men's Olympic team.[5]

He later managed Kano Pillars, before resigning in May 2008, citing corruption in the sport.[4] He had led Kano Pillars to their first ever league title a day earlier.[6]

He was appointed manager of the Nigerian women's national team in April 2012,[7] before resigning in November 2012.[8]

He was managing Nasarawa United in November 2013 when he decided to retire from the sport.[9] He returned to Enyimba, winning another league title, before moving to Shooting Stars in February 2016.[10] He returned to Kano Pillars in November 2016,[3][11] before being sacked in April 2017.[12]

HonoursEdit

As a playerEdit

With Bendel Insurance
  • Nigerian Premier League – 1979[2]
  • Nigerian FA Cup – 1978, 1980[2]
With Nigeria
  • African Cup of Nations – 1980[2]

As a coachEdit

With Enyimna
  • Nigerian Premier League – 2015[10]
  • CAF Champions League – 2003[4]
With Kano Pillars
  • Nigerian Premier League – 2008[6]

IndividualEdit

  • CAF Coach of the Year – 2003[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Kadiri IkhanaFIFA competition record
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ikhana Impressed With Eaglets". Soccer Laduma. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Steve Dede (8 November 2016). "Veteran unveiled as head coach of Kano Pillars". Pulse. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Oluwashina Okeleji (27 May 2008). "Kano coach quits despite title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Nigeria coach eyeing Athens". BBC Sport. 25 March 2004. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Kano Pillars win Nigerian league". BBC Sport. 26 May 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (19 April 2012). "Kadiri Ikhana appointed new coach of Nigeria women". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (13 November 2012). "Nigeria women coach Kadiri Ikhana resigns". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Humphrey Njoku (1 November 2013). "No change of heart for Ikhana". Supersport. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Shina Oludare (1 February 2016). "Kadiri Ikhana named Shooting Stars handler". Goal.com. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Samuel Ahmadu (7 November 2016). "Kadiri Ikhana returns as Kano Pillars coach". Goal.com. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  12. ^ Shina Oludare (23 April 2017). "Kadiri Ikhana sacked as Kano Pillars coach after Enugu Rangers defeat". Goal.com. Retrieved 24 April 2017.