Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Confederation Cup To Decide Ikhana’s Future

The future of Kadiri Ikhana as Sharks Football Club head coach may be dependent on the side’s ability too fight and win a place in next year’s edition of the CAF Confederation Cup.
It is understood that Sharks FC has decided to go ahead with its decision to file a petition with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland to challenge the verdict of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to hand Warri Wolves the ticket to play in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2010 instead of it.
Though the former Enyimba and Kano Pillars’ manager would not readily admit it in public but a close associate of his told Daily Independent that Ikhana is waiting to know the outcome of the case.
Ikhana’s contract with Sharks FC has since expired after the Premier League club lost by a lone goal to Enyimba in the Federation Cup final last month in Lagos.
An official of Sharks FC, who pleaded to speak on anonymity to naijaligue.blogspot.com, said the club is ready to open fresh contract talks with the ex-Kwara United head coach to handle the Port Harcourt outfit for another season.
“I must tell you that the Rivers State government wants to retain Kadiri Ikhana as manager of the club because they are satisfied with his work so far and what he achieved with the team last season. Many of the players at the club even want him to continue,” our source said.
Ikhana, however, told naijaligue.blogspot.com that he is ready to hold contract talks with Sharks FC and hopes that burning questions concerning the side would be thrashed if he is to remain in charge of the team.
The former Under-23 coach was unhappy with speculations in the media that have been going the round that he has held talks with Sunshine Stars and was probably holding out in order to demand for an improved package from Sharks FC to guide the side in next season’s Premier League campaign.
“I have been reading all the reports in the newspapers and I wonder where your people got them from. They say that I will join Sunshine Stars, but I cannot remember telling anybody about that. I am ready to talk to Sharks and when we meet to talk we will be thrashing out those areas that I feel concerned about and it will be real talks that would determine whether I will remain there or not,” he said.
Ikhana refused to disclosed those issues he wants to thrash out with Sharks FC that would determine his future at the club that is yet to win any trophy in the domestic scene.
In spite of Ikhana’s position on the Sunshine Stars’ job, there are reports that he would be named as head coach of the side this week.

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