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Ikhana: Enyimba Snub‎ Not  End Of The World

Ikhana: Enyimba Snub‎ Not  End Of The World

By Sab Osuji:

Kadiri Ikhana has revealed he's not losing any sleep over his unceremonious exit from the Nigerian league title holders, Enyimba, saying not having his contract renewed by the seven-time league winners is not the end of the world.

Ikhana has won the NPFL title three times, twice with the People's Elephant and once with Kano Pillars.

The CAF Coach of the Year, 2003, braved all odds to lead The Blues to their seventh league win last term, but shocking, the club refused to extend his contract.

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"It’s not the end of the World; life goes on, the language of the coaching business is hiring and firing," starts the former Enyimba gaffer.

"Once you are contracted, its either you're fired or you resign. Whichever way, you have to live with it."

The 53-year-old Africa Cup of Nations winner in 1980 with Green Eagles, would go on to voice his discontent over the manner his former employers allegedly eased him out without courtesy, saying it was unprofessional and disrespectful.

"I had a good time while it all lasted. I enjoyed cordial working relationship with everybody at the club; the players, my backroom staff, management staff and the wonderful supporters of the club.

"This manifested in our ability to win the league, helping the club set a record as first team to win the trophy seven times.

"But I received a phone call the other day from the club telling me my contract will not be renewed. Just like that.

"I thanked them and, of course, life goes on. But I feel there could have been a better way of doing it than just mere phone call and the next day everything became a newspaper headline " the Edo State born former defender lamented..


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  • Michael Omotor 6 years ago

    You are a proven winner since ’70’s from the old bendel insurance club when delta and edo were one state.You also won numerous title as a coach. You comments reflect a great mindset and you will get another coaching job in a jiffy.