If reports coming from the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, are anything to go by, then coach Kadiri Ikhana’s reign as head coach of Nigeria’s women team, the Super Falcons would come to an end very soon.
The country’s football fortunes further dwindled at the weekend when the Super Falcons failed to secure a place on the podium at the just concluded 2012 African Women Championship hosted by Equatorial Guinea after they lost 1-0 to Cameroon in the third place match.
According to a member of the Technical Committee of the NFF, Paul Bassey, the former Enyimba Football Club’s coach deserves nothing but a sack when he returns from Equatorial Guinea.
Bassey, who was speaking early today on Brila FM, said that Ikhana should have been sacked after the Super Falcons suffered their first defeat to South Africa in the semi final match. He said that with the defeat to Cameroon yesterday, Ikhana has technically lost his job with the Falcons.
“There is no excuse for the Super Falcons not to win the trophy in Equatorial Guinea because they were provided with everything needed for them to succeed. Technically, I don’t see coach Ikhana holding on to the Super Falcons job because he has failed us,” said the veteran sports journalist.
But another member of the technical committee, Christian Chukwu said Ikhana’s fate will be determined by the terms of his contract. Ikhana signed a four-year contract with a monthly salary of N3 million (about $19,108) with the football house in April this year and was handed the requirement to win the AWC title in 2012, 2014 and 2016 as well as gold at the next All Africa Games and qualify the team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Chukwu said it will be too presumptuous to pass judgment on the embattled coach without reference to the condition of his contract with the football governing body in the land.
Meanwhile, former Nigeria Football Association, NFA, assistant general secretary, James Peter, has called for an overhaul in the female department of the NFF.