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Ikhana Impressed With Eaglets

Experienced coach, Kadiri Ikhana gave the Emmanuel Amuneke led Eaglets coaching crew a thumbs up after he had a closer look at the team in Abeokuta.

Ikhana was in the Green Eagles team (as the Super Eagles were referred to then) that won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 1980 which Nigeria hosted and he has since managed fifteen clubs since he retired from playing.

The current Enyimba coach, Ikhana saw the national Under-17 team at close quarters since his team, Enyimba, who were in Abeokuta for their Federation Cup match against Giwa FC, lodged in the same hotel with the Golden Eaglets.

"I'm really impressed with the conduct of your team," he further remarked after watching their training session on Wednesday at the MKO Abiola Stadium," said Ikhana

"The coaches are imparting real knowledge into the players and I strongly believe, they have what it takes to play against any team.”

Both as a player and a coach, Kadiri Ikhana can boast of a rich trophy cabinet, as a player he won the league in 1979 with Bendel Insurance, AFCON in 1980 with the Green Eagles and the FA Cup in 1978 and 1980.

When he ventured into coaching he set a record as the first Nigerian coach to lead a Nigerian club to lift the CAF Champions League with Enyimba, won the Premier League with Kano Pillars and he won the Bangladesh League with Mohammedan SC.

The Golden Eaglets take a 1-0 lead into this weekend's decider against Les Leopards of Congo Democratic Republic in Abeokuta and Ikhana is backing them to go all the way.

Ikhana, 62, said he was impressed with the choice of players selected by coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led crew since it would on the long run, help the growth of the national in the future.

"I want to really commend you (coaching crew) for the kind of players you have picked because they are very young," said Ikhana

"It is important we get things right from this stage because this is the foundation for other national teams and be assured of my support because I've seen that you are doing the right thing," Ikhana concluded.

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