Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Ikhana's Job Is Over - Bassey

A Member of the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Association, Paul Bassey has said that Coach Kadiri Ikhana job as the coach of the Super Falcons was no longer tenable after the team's disastrous display at the 8th African Women's Championship in Equatorial Guinea.

Nigeria finished in fourth place, their worst outing since the inception of the tournament.

Ikhana, a former soldier and CAF Champions League winner with Enyimba, had prior to the tournament, said that he would not wait to be fired if he failed at the AWC.

"There is a contract and the contract is clear. I am a principled person. If I fail to win the AWC I will not wait for the NFF, I know what to do," Ikahna had said before the tournament started..

But after failing to reach the final, he did not tender his resignation and went on to tinker the team to another 1-0 loss to Cameroon in the classification match.

And speaking yesterday, Bassey, said that the members of the Technical Committee were in support of the decision to sack Ikhana., given that he failed to meet his contractual agreement of winning the AWC.

"As I speak with you, majority members of the technical committee have put up their hands for Ikhana to be sacked. That's their recom-mendation. He has shown that he does not know how to handle women and the end game is over", he said.

Bassey, said the Falcons coach "technically has no job" with Nigeria.

Bassey said in his column in Vanguard that the federation made a mistake by not firing him when they found out that he was not good for female football.

He added that the troubled coach should have resigned immediately after the Falcons 1-0 loss to South Africa in the semi-finals of the 2012 AWC.

"He should have just resigned after losing in the semi-finals (to South Africa) rather than wait till the team's loss to Cameroon in the third place. It is clear that he cannot do the job."

Ikhana throws in the towel

Kadiri Ikhana has quit as coach of Nigeria after they failed to retain their African Women's championship in Equatorial Guinea.

Nigeria Super 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.

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