The former coach of Enyimba, Nigeria’s first winners of the Caf Champions League, is to take over the role of head coach of the Falcons.
“He is a tested hand and also a father figure,” the Falcons' team coordinator Henrietta Ukaigwe told Goal.com. Ukaigwe was the immediate past team manager for the Falcons.
“What the team needs now is a coach that is experienced and Kadiri is one such person in Nigeria. We must not forget what he did with Enyimba – winning the Champions League.
“I believe that the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have done very well coming to this decision. It is in the best interests of the nation to have a coach like this for our women.”
There had been talks in some quarters that a woman should have been appointed but Ukaigwe is adamant that it does not matter as long as the person appointed will get the job done.
Ikhana has an extensive coaching resume that gives him the apparent tools needed to make a success of his current assignment.
“It is a call to serve one’s country and of course, it is my dream to play a part in developing our women’s football at the top level,” Ikhana told Complete Sports.
“Nigeria needs to get back on top at least in Africa and beyond and with this appointment I believe we will achieve that purpose. What the technical committee should also do is get very good assistants that will help him and they can be either male or female – what we want is that the quality of female football should just improve in the country,” Ukaigwe added.