Former coach of Enyimba, Kadiri Ikhana, on Monday signed a deal to coach Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, after agreeing to deal of N14.5 million. Although, a pay cut from his 1.8m deal with Enyimbalast season, Ikhana remain the highest paid coach in Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Ikhana signed the deal after discussion with the Chairman of Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Sports, Fatai Adesina, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Mrs. Lolade Agboola, General Manager of the club, Rashidi Balogun and the Chairman Oyo State Football Association, Chief James Odeniran.
The coach said he had a contract worth N1.8m in monthly salary with Enyimba last season and that he accepted N1.2m after he was persuaded to do so by the representatives of the state government and the club management. He opted to stay in a hotel instead of a house provided by the club.
Ikhana is by far the most successful coach in the Nigerian domestic league. Led to win NPFL in 2015 season. Something he had previous done with Kano Pillars. He is only Nigerian coach to have won CAF Champions league back to back with Enyimba.
His presence as 3Sc head coach may turn around the fortune of the Ibadan based team this season.