Giwa FC names Kadiri Ikhana as new head coach

Chairman of Giwa FC of Jos, Christopher Giwa has told SavidNews that former Super Falcons head coach Kadiri Ikhana has been unveiled as their new substantive head coach.

Kadiri Ikhana
Kadiri Ikhana

The former Kwara United gaffer took over from goalkeeper trainer Aminu Isah who on interim capacity filled the vacant post left by Abdullahi Biffo in April.

Ikhana, who was the first Nigerian coach to win the African Champions League back-to-back with Enyimba of Aba in 2003/2004, has also previously coached Kano Pillars, Nasarawa United as Giwa FC becomes the 9th different top-flight club he has coached.

Giwa confirmed that the appointment of Kadiri Ikhana was until the reminder of the season takes immediate effect with new coach, Ikhana picking Friday Christopher as his new assistant coach at the Jos-based club.

“I can confirm to you {Goal} that Mr Kadiri Ikhana have been appointed as the next coach of the club. He has takenover and will start work today {Monday}. He will be coach till the rest of this current season,” Giwa told SavidNews.

On why the 62-year old was offered the coaching post, Giwa said that the choice of Ikhana was influenced by God and quality of his experience, not for friendship.

“Well, I did not appoint Ikhana because his my friend – even if he is, i don’t combine friendship with business. He is here to do his job and so is that for any other coach appointed.

“I will tell you that our choice of Kadiri Ikhana was ordained by God – God has blessed us with Ikhana as a young team. It may surprise some people why he is coming to Giwa and not Enyimba or Kano Pillars.

“We have no substantive coach since the departure of Biffo, but now we have Ikhana. He is the best for the job,” the sponsor of the elite division’s newcomers said.

On the choice the new assistant coach, Giwa explained that Ikhana appointed Friday Christopher as his assistant after receiving the nod from the management.

“He {Ikhana} brought him {Christopher} – and during our discussion, he mentioned that he wants to bring his own assistant and for that I said no problem. For a coach of his status, he must have a person he would want to work with – so will gave him the go ahead,” the Businessman and Politician explained.

Ikhana who in principle, accepted to rescued Nasarawa United from relegation in the 2012/2013 NPFL season after he had earlier opted out of coaching job, earlier refuted reports linking him with vacant post at Giwa FC.

“No, no, no, I’m not interested in Giwa FC’s job. At this age in my life, I have to be closer home to my people,” Ikhana told media.

The former Nigerian international is expected to begin his first coaching activities with Jos’ Elephants on Wednesday for an NPFL Week 17 match against Kaduna United at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos.