By Sab Osuji:
Ahmed Garba, aka Yaro Yaro, has been handed a new Kano Pillars coaching role following minor changes that took place in the technical department of the four time Nigeria champions ahead of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League season tentatively slated to get underway next month, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
In the exercise carried out in the Masu Gida side following the arrival of veteran tactician, Kadiri Ikhana, Yaro Yaro, a former Nigeria international was deployed to the youth team of the 2009 CAF Champions League semi-finalists.
Former youth team head coach, Ibrahim Musa, has been elevated to the senior team in the capacity of assistant coach.
Kabiru Baleria, a former youth international and 2015 Golden Eaglets FIFA U-17 World Cup winning assistant coach is the new Chief Coach of the club with Ikhana as Technical Adviser.
Aliyu Muzambilu, a former goalkeeper of El-Kanemi Warriors and Kano Pillars retains his position as goalkeepers' trainer.
“I’m no longer in the Kano Pillars senior team coaching crew,” Yaro Yaro, 2003 CAF Champions League winner with Enyimba of Aba told Completesportsnigeria.com on Sunday. “I’m now with the Kano Pillars youth team as the head coach."
36-year-old Yaro Yaro starred for Pillars before a move to Club Africaine in 2001.
After a one-season spell with the Tunisian club, he retraced his step back to the Pyramid City side in 2002 before moving to Enyimba, helping the People’s Elephant to win the CAF Champions League in 2003, the first by any Nigerian team.
In 2004, Yaro Yaro made a controversial switch to Akademisk Boldklub of Denmark, scoring 25 goals in 77 appearances for the club before returning to the Nigerian domestic football league.
“Salisu Yusuf recommended me for a coaching role in Kano Pillars after our 2009 CAF Champions League defeat by Heartland,” Yaro Yaro explained his journey into coaching.
“After two years on the job, I felt I could still play, so I moved to Wikki Tourists as a player.
“But after one season, I returned to Kano Pillars and continued with coaching. So I can say this is my sixth year in coaching and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.
“And I’m grateful to Salisu Yusuf for knocking the idea of coaching into me at the time,” Yaro Yaro said.