Thursday, March 8, 2012

NFF to name Ikhana as Falcons coach

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) may well settle for former Kwara United coach Kadiri Ikhana as the new coach of the country’s female team because they do not have the cash to pay a foreign coach.

The NFF technical committee have recommended former France and China coach Elizabeth Loisel for the Falcons top post, but top officials have now informed the federation cannot meet her financial demands.

The French woman has been recommended to take charge of the Falcons, who are getting set to begin the defence of the African Women’s Championship soon.

This year’s AWC will be staged in Equatorial Guinea.

The executive committee of the NFF are to meet next week to appoint a technical director for the country as well as coach for the Falcons.

“We just have to wait and see how the board will tackle this issue because the foreign coach is asking for a lot of money and presently the NFF are not in a position to guarantee such a contract,” an official said.

In the meantime, former international Kadiri Ikhana is the latest name to be linked with the Falcons top post.

“The new name being linked with the Falcons job is Kadiri Ikhana,” another top official disclosed.

“He is known to be a very strict disciplinarian even though he has yet to handle a women’s team.”

The outspoken former Nigeria international guided Kano Pillars to win the 2008 Nigeria Premier League crown.

He quit coaching in the NPL at the end of last season.

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