Croc­o­diles name their man

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Has­san Abubakar has been con­firmed as the new coach of Nigeria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League club, Kaduna United.

Ben Duam­long was sacked as Kaduna United coach af­ter the club’s 1-2 home loss to Sharks on match day eight of the Nigeria Pro­fes­sional League (NPFL) on April 23.

Mem­bers of Duam­long’s back­room staff were also asked to leave.

Abubakar has now been thrown into the deep end and his first task will be to lift the club away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

The trainer is look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

“First, I want to thank the man­age­ment of the club for find­ing me wor­thy of this job. I want to state through this medium that I will not let the club or its fans down,” Abubakar told su­pers­

Abubakar has since met with the play­ers and has ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the per­son­nel at his dis­posal.

“I have no is­sues with the qual­ity of play­ers I have to work with. I met them yes­ter­day (Satur­day) and I know some of them be­cause I have worked with them in the past.

“The club is not in a com­fort­able po­si­tion now. We must fight and see that we lift our­selves from this sit­u­a­tion.

“There are still 30 matches still to play and I am sure Kaduna United will not be rel­e­gated,” he said.

Abubakar was as­sis­tant to Stan­ley Eguma at three-time NPFL cham­pi­ons, Dol­phins last sea­son.

The ex­pe­ri­enced gaffer has also pre­vi­ously man­aged Niger Tor­na­does, Zam­fara United, Wikki Tourists, Juth and Sun­shine Stars.

He was also a mem­ber of the coach­ing team of the Nige­rian Un­der-17 team that reached the fi­nal of the World Cup in 2001 in Trinidad and Tobago.

Abubakar makes a sec­ond re­turn to Kaduna United hav­ing pre­vi­ously coached the side in 2004.

Kaduna United cur­rently sit in 19th place on the 20-team NPFL ta­ble with seven points from their first eight league matches.

Has­san Abubakar

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