User Rating: 0 (0 votes)

Ahead of the upcoming 2020/21 season, Wikki Tourist coach Usman  Shariff Abd’Allah has yet appraise his performance  in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), saying he appreciated the platform  he was offered  with at  Enyimba under the aegis  of its debonair  chairman Felix Anyansi.

French-trained Abd’Allah  first worked at his state’s owned Kano Pillars as an assistant  while overseeing  the  club’s youth department programme on  arrival in Nigeria after stints with clubs in France and Asia.

He then joined Enyimba initially as an assistant to Paul Aigbogun  but was later promoted  as Head Coach  and Technical Adviser where his name travelled far and wide .

Known for his genial outlook  and  so much so noted for  his straight-talking disposition  particularly about  things dear to his heart , Abd’Allah’s  huge praise for Anyansi did  not  therefore come as a surprise.

“ No matter what anybody may say, I would forever be grateful for the wonderful times I had at Enyimba because it was there that I became famous both in Nigeria and Africa,” remarked Abd’Allah who holds dual nationality as a Nigerian-French. “How can I forget the club’s chairman, Chief Felix Anyansi for all he did for me when I was there? He gave me the platform  to demonstrate what I can do and I would eternally be grateful to him.”

Following the departure  of Aigbogun, Abd’Allah  supervised  Enyimba’s campaign in the  2018 CAF Confederation by leading them to the semi-finals where they lost 3-1 on aggregate to the eventual champions, Raja Casablanca  of Morocco.

He  also led the People’s Elephants  to the  quarter-final  group stages of the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup before they  both  parted ways in less than satisfactory circumstances.

“I’ve heard so much since I left Enyimba and sometimes I just laughed over some of the stories,” noted Abd’Allah even as he cleared air about his relationship with Anyansi.

“Honestly, I had a wonderful experience working with Anyansi and my leaving Enyimba has nothing to a breakdown of relationship between us; he is one of the few chairmen in Nigerian football that knows their onion; we have mutual respect for each other,

“He knows what he wants and I’ll always be indebted  to him  for the chance he offered me to work at Enyimba; of course, no place is perfect  but my leaving Enyimba was for personal reasons  and it has nothing to do with Anyansi.”  

It was on record that Abd’Allah handled a total of 53 competitive matches locally for Enyimba including seven as interim manager and he won 23 matches, drew 14 with 16 loses.

On  the continent in  both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup , he had seven two draws, seven losses  and  seven wins including two away twins against Djoliba AC of Mali and TS Galaxy of South Africa.

 “My impressive record at Enyimba would not have been possible but for the support of Anyansi and few others,” Abd’Allah insisted. “Who knows about the future?  But my focus now is on Wikki Tourists.

“I’m looking forward to the return of football after the unfortunate COVID-19 lockdown because as we all know, football gives average Nigerian joy and hope, “Abd’Allah added.