The management of Kogi United FC have announced former Nigeria Premier League top scorer, Ishaya Jatau as the new Head Coach for the new NNL season.
Chairman of the Club, Abdul Sule while unveiling the former Iwanyanwu Nationale striker in Lokoja on Wednesday disclosed that the appointment of Jatau became necessary as the club wouldn’t give room for any vacuum after the departure of Fatai Osho last week.
Abdul Sule expressed optimism in Jatau’s technical abilities to turn the fortune of the club around just as he promised the management commitment for the need support.
“We have been on search for a better coach for us to continue where we stopped with Fatai Osho, I want to tell you that the man new man here was agreed on after a thorough considerations on the applications before us, and I’m sure he will give what we need for the club to get to greater heights and achieve our targets in the coming season.
“Ishaya Jatau is a well known name among the football families in Nigeria and outside, he’s proved his worth as a player, he’s doing a wonderful job as a coach with clubs he’s handled and we are optimistic he would do great things,positively with us, all we need to give him the best if support and pray for Kogi United to excel,” said Sule.
The chairman of the Confluence state team however called for the support of all football stake holders for the team to achieve greatness in the upcoming Nigeria National League, NNL season.
While thanking the management for the opportunity to serve the team, coach Jatau asked for total discipline, dedication and commitment from the players and officials to achieve the set goals for the club.
I’m excited with this fresh challenge, I can see this is already a wonderful football family, I promise you by the grace of God, with everyone’s support, we will record success in the coming season, the technical crew will bring our experience to bear to help the team do well in the league,” Jatau said.
Ishaya Jatau has played for top flight clubs including Raka Rovers of Kano, Arewa Textiles, Kaduna, Inwanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland FC) of Owerri, ASEC Memosa of Côte d Ivoire, SAS Rabat of Morocco among others.
The 46 year old Jatau has also coached clubs like Heartland FC, Kaduna United, Ranchers Bees, Mighty Jets and DSS FC of Kaduna and others.
Jatau holds the top-scorer record in the Nigerian league with 17 goals in the year 1990 for 18 years, after which former Akwa United striker, Orok Akarandut broke the record in the 2008-09 season with 17 goals, one season after Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa set another record in the league with 18 goals while playing for former champions, Kano Pillars in the 2009-10 season.