Kadiri Ikhana’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Footballer
Is Sports official
Football player
Association football player
Association football manager
From Nigeria
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 31 December 1951, Ilorin, Nigeria
Age 69 years

Kadiri Ikhana (born 31 December 1951) is a Nigerian football coach and former player who currently manages Kano Pillars.


Playing career

Ikhana played club football with Bendel Insurance, winning the league in 1979 and the FA Cup in 1978 and 1980.

Ikhana represented Nigeria at international level, playing for them in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches at at the 1980 Summer Olympic Games. He won the 1980 African Cup of Nations with Nigeria.


Coaching career

Ikhana has coached a number of Nigerian club sides, including El-Kanemi Warriors, BCC Lions, Kwara United, Sunshine Stars, Sharks and Giwa.

Ikhana managed Nigeria’s Enyimba, winning the African Champions League in 2003. He was awarded CAF’s Coach of the Year that same year. In 2004 he was manager of the Nigerian men’s Olympic team.

He later managed Kano Pillars, before resigning in May 2008, citing corruption in the sport. He had led Kano Pillars to their first ever league title a day earlier.

He was appointed manager of the Nigerian women’s national team in April 2012, before resigning in November 2012.

He was managing Nasarawa United in November 2013 when he decided to retire from the sport. He returned to Enyimba, winning another league title, before moving to Shooting Stars in February 2016. He returned to Kano Pillars in November 2016.



As a player

With Bendel Insurance
  • Nigerian Premier League – 1979
  • Nigerian FA Cup – 1978, 1980
With Nigeria
  • African Cup of Nations – 1980

As a coach

With Enyimna
  • Nigerian Premier League – 2015
  • CAF Champions League – 2003
With Kano Pillars
  • Nigerian Premier League – 2008


  • CAF Coach of the Year – 2003
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