Saturday, October 24, 2009

Ikhana Walks Out On Sharks

Following his absence from the technical area of Sharks Football Club’s Globacom Premier League derby with Dolphin Football Club in Port Harcourt, it appears that coach Kadiri Ikhana may have quit the side without notice.
Ikhana and Sharks FC have been at each other’s throats since the close of last season when the contract of the former ran out and he was linked to another Premier League side, Sunshine Stars.
However, it was learnt that Ikhana may have decided to walk out of Sharks Football Club following the delay of the side in thrashing out contract talks with him five weeks into the new season.
A source disclosed to that Ikhana has since returned to Abeokuta while the officials of the Port Harcourt club have explained that the absence of the Edo State-born coach from last Saturday was due to his illness a day before the match against Dolphin FC.
Attempts to reach Ikhana during the week for his own his side of the story was not fruitful, as his mobile telephone was switched off.
But a club source revealed to that Ikhana has decided to leave Port Harcourt and return to his residence in Abeokuta since the management of Sharks FC, represented by the Rivers State Sports Ministry, has failed to hand him a new contract for the current campaign. also understands that the former Enyimba and Kwara United handler is ready to give the management of the Blue Angels up till the end of this month to open contract talks with him before he makes his move to dump the side.
“Ikhana is not happy with the way that the contractual issue concerning him has been handled by the club. He feels that he has been disrespected by the club when they failed to say anything about the contract and so he has decided to leave Port Harcourt and return to Abeokuta. He has also decided to wait for the club to call him for contract talks and hopes that they will do so before the end of this month or he might just leave them for a new side.
“For a coach that has handled top sides like Enyimba and Kano Pillars in the country, Ikhana is disappointed that Sharks are treating him with kid’s glove. And they are making it seem as if he is begging for the job at Sharks, which he is not happy about and decided to leave,” our source hinted.
However, if Ikhana does not get a new deal sorted out before the Globacom Premier League resumes from its one-month break owing to Nigeria playing to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, the former Kano Pillars is ready to call it quits with Sharks FC.
During the week, Sharks FC scribe, Cyril Dum Wite, was quoted as saying that the club had received no official resignation letter from Ikhana.
"We are not aware that he wants to resign. If that were the case, he would send a formal letter," Wite was quoted as saying.

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