BY ONOCHIE ANIBEZE
Kadiri Ikhana yesterday assured that Nigerians will have value for the investment on him as the new coach of the Super Falcons.
He said this during his unveiling in Abuja yesterday. He received standing ovation as his profile was being read out in the auditorium of the FIFA Goal Project. Ikhana had variously coached El-Kanemi FC, BCC Lions, Kwara United, Kano Pillars and led Enyimba to win the then elusive CAF Champions League.
He was a mem ber of the 1980 Nations Cup wining Green Eagles and he was also in the 1980 Moscow Olympic team. No Falcons coach in the past paraded such rich profile.
“I normally don’t make speeches. I allow my results to speak for me. All I can say is that we will add value to the Super Falcons,” Ikhana said.
Nigeria Football Federation President, Aminu Maigari celebrated his pedigree in his speech and asked him to ensure Nigeria does not only qualify for the next World Cup but also places among the top three in the world.
Before the Ikhana unveiling, the federation inaugurated three committees that Maigairi charged to help lift the game in Nigeria. Emeka Inyama heads the Media and Publicity Committee, Chief Mike Umeh the reconciliation committee and Sani Toro the Committee On A Road-Map For The Sustainable Development of Nigerian Football.
In his acceptance speech Toro, a one time scribe of the NFA and one time member of the House of Representatives reminded the federation that going by the terms of reference of his committee they were expected to completely overhaul the football environment and assured that they would do their best to come up with ideas that could change Nigerian football. He said that his committee may “fine-tune the terms of reference and put them in practical perspective without watering down what we see as a very serious assignment in the development of our football.”
Toro also warned that many reports had been written in the past but they were never implemented and hoped that the report of his committee would not go the way of past attempts, the recent being the Oneya Committee.
Toro, a highly respected technocrat, said that their work will touch many areas in football among which will be clubs, the league, coaches, Football Associations in the states. He said that all stakeholders would be consulted and that Nigerians are expected to make inputs.