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Suleiman Shaibu:The Goalkeeper Coach With Panacea

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At a time that Nigeria is facing an assumed crisis in the areas of goalkeeping especially in the senior national, Coach Suleiman Shaibu is emerging to support in bringing solutions to that critical area in the senior national team.

Shaibu who was recently appointed as the second assistant goalkeeper coach with the U.23 National team and the home based Super Eagles team, is not new in the National teams nor Nigeria football. He still hold the record of the oldest goalkeeper that had ever played in the Nigeria League. He kept for various clubs from 1981 to 2007.

Young Suleiman Shaibu started his journey as a goalkeeper with a non League club in Kano Fagge Pele Football Club of Kano in 1981. He spent only one season in the club before he was scouted by the handlers of Raccah Rovers of Kano, where he played until 1986, before the then city rivals Wreca FC signed him. In 1987 he went to the then Nasco jets before returning to Bank of North FC of Kano until 1991 when he teamed up with ITF of Jos. He played only one season with the Training Fund team before Dantata United came for his signatures in 1994

Katsina United was his next stop in 1995. Wikki Tourists came calling in 1996, a club he played with till 2003 when he moved over to Jigawa Golden stars and retired as a Coach player in 2007. Same year he was honoured by the Nigeria Professional League as the oldest goalkeeper that played in the league.

Goalkeeper Suleiman Shaibu who was born on 1 July 1967, won various honors with teams he played for. He was a member of the Kano state Academical team that won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Manuwa Adebanjo cup in 1985, 1984, and 1983 respectively. He was a member of the all the conquering National U.20 team (Flying Eagles)that won the African Youth Championship in 1985. He helped in promoting Katsina United in 1995, Wikki Tourists in 1997, and Jigawa Golden stars in 2007. He also have several medals from the Federation cup for the clubs he kept for.

After 27 years between the sticks in the league, Suleiman Shaibu who hails from Kwara state, but born and bred in Kano state, attended the National Institute For Sports in 2005, where he obtained the Basic Certificate in Football Coaching, he is CAF C and B licensed coach. He has also attended the FIFA MA goalkeeping course among others.

He was a goalkeeper trainer of the National U-17 team (2008-2009), National U-20 team(2010-2012; 2018-2022). He has just been appointed into the U.23 National team and CHAN Eagles.

Shaibu worked with various Premiership clubs like Jigawa Golden star of Dutse (2006-2010); Enyimba International of Aba (2010-2014); Rangers International of Enugu(2015-2017); El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri (2017-2018) and presently Abia Warriors of Umuahia (2020- Date).

No doubt, with the coming of Suleiman Shaibu to the senior cadre of the national team, the dreams of having great goalkeepers for the senior national National team may now be a reality.

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Brig Gen Fada Resumes As 19th NYSC DG, Pledges To Sustain Maj Gen. Ibrahim’s Achievement

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By Joel Ajayi

The newly appointed Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Mohammed Fada, Wednesday, who took over as the 19th DG of the scheme, sought the support of all stakeholders which would enable him to build on the numerous achievements of his predecessor, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim, whose footprint and success in the scheme would be very difficult to erase.

It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), on Tuesday, approved the appointment of Brigadier General Mohammed Fada as the new Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps.

Fada, who is from Yobe State, took over from the outgoing DG, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim.

Brig. Gen. Fada, while speaking at the handing over ceremony in Abuja, acknowledged that the tasks ahead are huge, but with the support of the staff, they would overcome.

According to him, I know my predecessor created a big shoe that is be big for me, but by the grace of God and with the support of everyone, we shall succeed.

“Please let’s work as one family, the support you gave to my predecessor, I need more of that support, I need your corporation, that is the only tool that can help us in sustaining the achievement of Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim.

“I know that the tasks ahead are enormous and the road is rough, but with unity of purpose we will make progress.”

On his own, the outgoing Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Major General Ibrahim has called on the 19th Director-General of the Scheme, Brigadier General Mohammed Fada, to pay rapt attention to the security and welfare of the corps members, staff in the country.

While giving the charge on Wednesday, in Abuja, during his farewell parade, he appreciated the support of individuals for a successful tenure as the 18th Chief Executive of the National Youth Service Corps.

Major General Ibrahim was adjudged the best DG ever in the history of the Scheme, as his NYSC’s administration anchored many programs that have benefited the scheme, corps members, and Nigeria at large.

The programs include sustained effective utilization of the potentials of Corps members for optimal benefits;

reinvigorate the NYSC Ventures and Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (SAED) in line with the NYSC Act for greater impact.

Others are, aggressive revenue generation drive through the NYSC Ventures; Establishment of the NYSC Printing Press in Kaduna, Kaduna State, successful commencement of the enrolment of Corps members for the National Health Insurance Scheme in line with Presidential directive, amongst others.

According to him, I want to enjoin the in-coming Director-General, while offering my best wishes to you as you set out, to discharge this important national assignment.

“I am confident that you will give your best in the service of our great nation and, in particular, for the achievement of the mandate of NYSC.

“I would advise that you pay particular attention to the security and general welfare of Corps members and Staff as well as make sustained advocacy for stakeholders’ support as part of your approaches to the administration of the Scheme. I pray that the Almighty guides you.

He expressed that the task of the day-to-day running of NYSC has been one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding experiences of his life.

“It was indeed, an opportunity to make an impact, not only on the graduate youths entrusted to us for mentorship but also on the socio-economic development of our dear country.”

He, therefore, appealed to various stakeholders to demonstrate support for the proposed NYSC Trust Fund that is seeking National Assembly approval, saying that if it sees the light of the day, it will create more jobs for millions of Nigerians.

In her votes of thanks, the Director Of ICT, Christy  Ubah assured maximum support for the incoming DG saying, the staff will not relent in their effort to bring more desirable change to the Scheme.

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