Kadiri Ikhana named Shooting Stars handler

The seasoned tactician has been given a target of getting a continental ticket after replacing coach Ogunbote on Monday afternoon
Shooting Stars have confirmed the appointment of Kadiri Ikhana as the club’s new coach.

Coach Gbenga Ogunbote left the Oluyole Warriors after leading them to a ninth place finish in the Nigeria topflight.

Consequently, 3SC have now turned to Ikhana, who was shown the exit door by Enyimba after leading them to a record seventh Nigeria Professional Football League title.

“He [Ikhana] has been appointed as the technical adviser of Shooting Stars today and he has started work immediately and he will be introduced to the players this afternoon,” media officer Jubril Arowolo confirmed to Goal.

“Someone has to take over from Ogunbote and of all the candidates that applied for the job, he came out on top.

“Aside from this, he boasts of a very great pedigree having led Enyimba to win the Caf Champions League as well as several league titles.

“If Ogunbote could lead the team to a ninth place finish last season, then we expect more from him to justify his credentials. So, we hope at the end of the season, he helps the club get a ticket to play in any of the Caf competitions,” he concluded.

Shooting Stars begin their Nigeria topflight campaign on February 21 against Lobi Stars at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan.