This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: AWC Failure - Ikhana Quits Falcons

Kadiri Ikhana has quit as coach of the Super Falcons after the six-time champions failed to retain their African Women's Championship in Equatorial Guinea.

Falcons finished a disappointing fourth at the 2012 AWC after they lost 1-0 to Cameroon in a third-placed playoff on Sunday.

Ikhana, who quit his post on the team's return to the country on Monday, said though the target set for him in his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation was achieved at the tournament, but he resigned for his failure to meet his own personal target of lifting the trophy.

The former Enyimba and Kano Pillars tactician, while expressing his apology to the nation for the outcome of the team's performance, noted that he accepted full responsibility for the results at the championship.

Kadiri was mandated in his contract signed on April 1 to among other things, qualify the team for the 2012 AWC and ensure the team reach at least the semi-finals of the competition.

He said his not fulfilling his personal desire to bring the trophy to Nigeria informed his decision to quit the stage, stressing that he will continue to support the developmental programme of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as a Nigerian as he is of the opinion that the nation has the potentials to take the centre stage in world football.

According to him, the notice of resignation to the federation is in accordance with his contract.

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