By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has recommended the elevation of the National U.15 Coach Usman Haruna Ilerika as the substantive Coach of the National U.17 (Golden Eaglets).
Ilerika who came out tops among the various candidates that were shortlisted for the job, was picked for his vast knowledge and passion for grassroots football and contributions. According to our impeccable source in the Committee, Ilerika who has been with the National U.13/ U.15 right from inception in 2008 has all it takes to thinker another World cup champions for the country.
The Kwara State born tactician who holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors Degree from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria is a Diploma holder in Coaching from the National Institute For Sports, Lagos. He is a CAF ‘B’ licensed Coach, who also attended the KNVB Royal Coaching School in Holland.
Usman Haruna Ilerika has coached the NYSC FC of Abuja, FCDA FC of Abuja, FC Abuja among others. He was the Coach of the FCT U.13 team that won the NFF U.13 National Competition in 2012 and 2013. He led the National U.16 team to an invitational tournament in Japan last year. He was a technical crew member of the National U.15 team that won both gold and at the African Youth Games in Botswana and Algeria. He is the Technical Coordinator of the North Central Youth Football Programs and a Practical Instructor of the NIS Coaching Program in Abuja.