Ambition is Key to Continental Success, Says Abdallah

April 08 14:08 2020

By Henry Chijioke

Former Enyimba Int’l and current Wikki Tourists FC Technical Adviser, Usman Shariff Abdallah has cited ambition as a major criterion in the quest for continental glory for Nigerian clubs, in any of the CAF inter-club competitions, exclusivenews.com.ng reports.

In a chat with exclusivenews.com.ng from his base in Kano, the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL Champion stated that handling a club with just a desire to play in the continent and without the ambition of having a successful campaign, is an effort in futility for any coach, hence, he would not want to go on such an adventure.

“Ambition is a key element for any club that want to play continental football, said the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder.

“Some clubs only want to appear at that level without the ambition of winning any of the trophies.

“I would prefer to handle a club with continental ambition; not a team that just wants to play in the continent, but to win either the Champions League or the Confederations Cup trophy.

It would be recalled that the Kaduna State Polytechnic graduate of Chemical Engineering led the People’s Elephants in their CAF inter-club campaign for a couple of years, and he believes leading an unambitious club into the continent would be another monotonous exercise for him.

“I’ve been playing on the continent for the past three years, so my ambition is to actually win a trophy from there, not just participating.

“For me, to play in the continent is just to do what I’ve been doing for some years now. To win the NPFL is just to do what I’ve done before, but I want to win a CAF inter-club championship, said the Kano State born soccer tactician.

He further stressed that a team with an ambition to land a continental trophy must, among other things, take into consideration players welfare packages, adding that it is a source of motivation for the players, since they are the main actors as far as football is concerned.

“You have to consider the players welfare; their salaries, bonuses and allowances must be commensurate to your target, he said.

“This is a way of motivating them; their bonuses and other emoluments must be clearly stated and properly documented.

“It’s not ideal to give players salary packages that are about 500% lower than what the coach is earning. That will never be healthy for the team’s aspirations, Abdallah concluded.

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