NPFL: Hamza Abara joins Elkanemi Warriors

NPFL: Hamza Abara joins Elkanemi Warriors

Chief coach of Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) side Plateau United, Hamza Abara, has left his post to take up the vacant managerial position at El-Kanemi Warriors until the end of the season.

It will be recalled that former El-Kanemi head coach Hassan Abubakar resigned after the 5-0 bashing in the hands of Plateau United in Jos, before the entire interim technical crew led by coach Balarabe Musa was then sacked by the club for losing to Kwara United at home on match day nine.

The Desert Warriors, who are currently bottom of Group A, have now turned to Abara ahead of the resumption of the league later this month.

Coach Abara leaves Plateau United

In a statement made available to the public by Plateau United, the tactician left his role on mutual consent. The General Manager of the side, Pius Henwan went ahead to appreciate the coach for his service to the club.

“Coach Abara’s departure has left a vacuum in our team, which may be difficult to fill. He has brought a lot to the team. But we are happy that the move is a lift on his career and I am very optimistic, he will do a good job with his new team” Henwan said.

Abara, appointed alongside Fidelis Ilechukwu in September 2021, has now decided to go his own way as he hopes to help the Maiduguri side beat the drop. He is expected to resume duties on Monday 13th March 2023 officially.

The Minna-born coach has previously worked at Enyimba and Niger Tornadoes in the top-flight.

Abara’s first match in charge is expected to be the match day 10 clash with Kwara United in Akure.

Legendary Ismaila Mabo passes on

A Legendary former head coach of Nigeria’s women’s senior national team, the Super Falcons; Ismaila Mabo has passed on according to reports from his family.

Mabo, 78, passed on in the early hours of Monday, 13th March, 2023 after a protracted illness, a family source told the Blueprint Newspapers.

Ismaila Mabo was head coach of the Super Falcons when they won the first ever African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) on home soil in 1998 with the team scoring twenty-eight (28) goals and conceding none. 

Mabo would then lead the team to the quarter finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the USA a year later; the team narrowly bowing out to Brazil during extra-time to the Golden Goal rule. He also led the team 

He also remained in charge of the Falcons when they successfully defended their AWCON title in South Africa in 2000, this time the team scored nineteen (19) goals and conceded two (2).

Mansur Salihu Nakande, a sibling to the deceased confirmed the news of Mabo’s demise on Monday morning

“The death of our elder brother, Ismaila Mabo, has occurred in the early hours of this Monday, after a protracted illness,” he was quoted as saying.

Mabo passes on barely five months after his wife Hajiya Lami Mabo died after a brief illness last October.

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