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Active coaching, not good for my health –Ikhana

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asarawa United coach, Kadiri Ikhana has said that active coaching is not good for his health, which necessitated his decision to quit coaching job for the rest his life. The former Kwara United coach guided the Lafiabased side to the 13th finish on 52 points at the just concluded 2012/2013 Glo Premier League season. The former Super Falcons coach hinted shortly after his side secured a point at Akwa United in the Glo Premier League Matchday 33 tie in Uyo that he is done with coaching once his tenure at Nasarawa United ended. Ikhana said he has left the coaching job stage for the upcoming coaches as he can only accept technical director position from any club side. “I can direct but never to sit on the bench as coach that practice is over for me. I’ve decided to leave the stage for

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the younger coaches. “Active coaching job is not good for my health as one is no longer getting younger. “I can only take up a job as technical director or consultant where I can offer my expert and technical advices to the coaches,” said the former Nigerian defender. Ikhana declined the probing if he would continue as consultant at Nasarawa United if asked by the management of the side. “I’m done with the job at Nasarawa United and we did very well given the circumstances under which we found ourselves. At least, we secured the side Premier League position. “Not only Nasarawa United but the entire state are making overture at me to continue in that capacity at the side in the upcoming season but I’m yet to give any commitment rather want things to take its natural circle,” Ikhana said.

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Enyimba, Wolves in hot chase for Salami T

hree Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs, Enyimba, Warri Wolves and Bayelsa United are currently tracking controversial Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) attacker, Gbolahan Salami. Salami, who is also known as the ‘Nigerian Mario Balotelli’ had a mixed season with 3SC where several accomplished personal milestones were not matched by the total results of the traditional NPFL side in the 2012/13 season. Relegation from the top flight for 3SC means Salami is now definitely on his way out of the club and he confirmed this to supersport.com on Friday. “I love 3SC, everyone knows that but with due

respect, I am too good to play in the second division (Nigeria National League),” Salami said. The forward then revealed that the trio of Enyimba, Wolves and Bayelsa United have all sounded their intentions of securing his services for the 2013/14 NPFL season. “Those three clubs have all told me they want me for next season and to be honest the decision I have to make will not be an easy one. “I have played for Enyimba in the past and the fact that they will play in the CAF Champions League next season makes them an attractive proposition. “Bayelsa United will also play on the continent (CAF Confederation Cup) next season and I have a special relationship with

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the coach (Isa Ladan Bosso) who trained me when I represented Nigeria at youth level. “Wolves’ former coach Solomon Ogbeide is like a father to me and it’s just unfortunate he has left the club. We will see how

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of the Flying Antelopes, as a replacement for Okey Emordi, who resigned at the end of the season. But in spite of the hype surrounding Obuh’s appointment, the former Sharks and Kwara United gaffer is reportedly yet to

things go but I have not made any decision right now,” he said. Salami has previously played for Julius Berger, Sunshine Stars and Enyimba. He scored seven goals for 3SC in the just-concluded 2012/13 season.

Duo set to dump clubs Tenger resigns from ahead of next season Akwa United

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l Kanemi Warriors central midfielder, Bala Zakkah and relegated ABS midfielder, Lordson Ichull, look set to be the latest players orchestrating a move away from their clubs ahead of next soccer season. Zakkah was suspended by El-Kanemi six matches to the end of the season and is yet to be recalled even as the side gear up to resume camp for the new season on November 5. Zakkah said he is ready to rejoin his teammates in preparations for the Super Four and new season campaigns but will not like to sit down idly waiting endlessly. “I’m yet to be recalled from the indefinite suspension the side placed on me three matches to the end of the season. “I didn’t feature in the

games against Gombe United, Sharks, Dolphins, Heartland, Lobi Stars as well as the last day game at Enugu Rangers. “We’re on short break which ends on November 5; I’m still waiting and hoping to be recalled back to the team. “However, if in the course of waiting for recall at El Kanemi Warriors another side showed interest in me I’ll go for the side. “I want to be competitively engaged not idle away so I’m available waiting for anybody to come and grab me,” he said. In the case of Ichull, he revealed that he is available for any side that needs his services in the upcoming 2013/2014 season, following the relegation of ABS from the top flight.

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kwa United head coach, Justin Tenger yesterday tendered his resignation letter to the management of the side ending his one-season stint at the Uyo-based side. The former Niger Tornadoes gaffer fought hard to secure the side top flight league football in the 2012/13 Glo Premier League ending the season campaign on the 16th position on 51 points. The formal resignation has laid to rest days of denial and counter-denial between the management and coach whether or not the coach has been sacked. Tenger said his one season contract with the Uyo-

Obuh eyes Akwa United, as Rangers contract disagreement deepens ohn Obuh may appear to have his mind set on signing for Akwa United following contractual disagreements with Rangers International of Enugu. The former Flying Eagles coach was recently unveiled by the management

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put pen to paper with the Enugu State-owned club, for whom he starred in his playing days. Our correspondent gathered that this reason may have necessitated his desire to look elsewhere. Sources close to the coach have revealed that while Rangers are intent

on offering a one-yeardeal, Obuh is holding out for a contract with at least two-year duration. The source further disclosed that Obuh is not short of offers and may move on if necessary as Akwa United are also very keen to bring him to Uyo, next season.

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based side ended on Sunday, October 20 after their last game at Kwara United in Lokoja though with a clause for renewal but opted to end the stint with the side. “I’ve completely disengaged myself today (Saturday) from Akwa United, the season is over for both parties and it’s done peacefully. “I signed one season contract with the side which officially ended with our last season game at Kwara United in Lokoja though with a clause for renewal or termination and I opted to quit. “The reason to quit is personal as I just wanted to stay away from the side right now, I don’t want to continue with them anymore.

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