Former Super Falcons and Nigeria U23 coach Kadiri Ikhana has appealed for financial help for a niggling hip injury that will now need a major surgery.
Ikhana has said requires a hip replacement surgery and has been battling the ailment but he can no longer bear the burden alone.
He said, “I retired from coaching because of the lingering injury which I thought would go with my quitting coaching altogether, but I tell you, if you see me now, to take a step is difficult for me.
“I thought I could bear the costs alone as I have been treating it for a long time and now I am at my wit’s end. “
The pioneer coach of Elkanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri whose voice was shaky all through the conversation, added that it had become necessary for him to cry out because the pains from the injury have become unbearable.
“I am coming out now because the pain is just too much. I need help and I won’t mind anything, I just need help.”
Ikhana played for the Eagles as well as the Nigerian Army, 1st Infantry Division Armed Forces, representing Nigeria in two World Military Games.
He also featured for Bendel Insurance for five years, winning trophies there and also played for Abiola Babes before he quit.
Ikhana has coached clubs like El Kanemi Warriors, Kano Pillars, BCC Lions, Sunshine FC, Sharks, Nasarawa United and Enyimba.
He set a record as the coach to lead Enyimba to win the CAF Champions League for the first time in Nigeria’s history.