After winning the CAF Champions League with Enyimba in 2004, the veteran coach is very anxious to begin life with the Nigeria league champions and plans to win on the continent
Okey Emordi has expressed great delight at landing the coaching job with Kano Pillars, saying he is looking forward to achieving greater success at the club.
Emordi who spoke to Goal, said he is aware of the great expectation from fans and the government of Kano and stated his preparedness for whatever challenges lie ahead.
The man who led Enyimba to win the 2004 CAF Champions League assured that with the cooperation of his technical crew, players, supporters, management and the Kano state government the club will surpass its previous glories by winning the 2013/14 CAF Champions League.
While admitting it is a huge honour to be assigned the responsibility to handle the side that won the Glo Nigeria Premier League title twice in a row, Emordi said that taking the job at Pillars will attract a lot of pressure but set his sight at helping the Pyramid Boys attain their first continental title.
“Every assignment or task comes with its challenges this one is not an exception but I’m a bit lucky to be given the opportunity to handle the side,” Emordi told Goal.
“I’m more or less in a familiar terrain at Kano. I have friends in Kano, even when I was the pioneer coach at El Kanemi (Warriors) in '86 and spent three seasons, so going to Kano is a homecoming for me and I take the challenge with both hands.
"I’m equal to the task and have what it takes to deliver the goods. The task is daunting, there is no doubt about it I pray everybody will put hands together to ensure we realise the dream of the side in the coming season,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Emordi has explained his reasons for resigning his duties as coach at Enugu Rangers as due to lack of ambition to challenge for titles.and personal resolution to seek rest from the game for an evaluation.
“I left Rangers because they showed no intention to finish the league last season to contend for title and also decided to go on a recess to appraise myself before the Pillars job came by,” Emordi said.
Pillars will open their CAF Champions League campaign against AS Vita of DR Congo.