Khadiri Ikhana Quits Giwa, Returns to Enyimba

Former Super Falcons coach Khadiri Ikhana has quit Giwa FC to return to Enyimba International, ten years after leaving the Aba-based outfit.

According to, Ikhana who succeeded Abdullahi Biffo at Giwa FC, has left the Rwang Pam stadium outfit midway through the season with the club placed sixth in the table on 28 points from 19 games.

“Khadiri Ikhana has left us (Giwa FC), he is on his way to Enyimba,” a top Giwa official said.

Ikhana guided Enyimba to a first-ever Caf Champions League triumph by a Nigerian club in 2003.

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Khadiri Ikhana Returns to Aba to Manage Enyimba Again.
Khadiri Ikhana Returns to Aba to Manage Enyimba Again.

He later led Kano Pillars to a first-ever league championship in 2008.

He will replace Zakary Baraje at the six-time Nigeria Professional Football League champions, who are fifth on the table with 29 points.

He is understood to have left the Jos-based club due to family pressure.

“Coach Ikhana complained about his wife and children insisting that he must leave Jos because of the security challenges,” a source close to the team told “That he had no choice tha to obey them, thus he quit Giwa FC.”

Meanwhile, Giwa FC are on the brink of appointing former Shooting Stars midfielder Duke Udi to succeed the former Nigeria international.

The midfielder, who on appointment becomes the fourth coach to handle Giwa, has already held talks with the club management and is expected to be unveiled soon.


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