By: Alloy Chukwuemeka
Coach Suleiman Quadri is just one of many of his cadre working assidously to create a legacy in their chosen career.
Growing up from the street of ilorin, he could be described as an African based footballer owing to the fact that he had his professional stints with clubs within West Africa region.
“I played with some foremost grassroot club here in ilorin ,namely Doyin Babes, and in 1994 ,I left for Cote’d ‘voire to join a top division one Club, Sewe Sports FC”
According to him, he also had campaign with Asec Koudougou FC in Burkina Faso, not less than four Clubs in Togo and Republic of Benin before he retired in 2007.
“One of my greatest moment in Togo League is winning FA Cup back to back with my team.but as you would expect my only regret is not playing for Nigeria National team”
That he has no regret not playing Nigeria League, he believes his familirisation with French based game as a player and a coach had impacted him more than what Nigeria may likely offer him.
The dug-out journey.
He revealed that he had to leave playing when ovation was loud and ventured into coaching.
“I started my coaching career in 2008 with Academy foot in Togo and later handled one of the best Football Academy in West Africa,Olufade Academy in 2010/11”.
With Olufade Academy in Togo, he led the team to “West African Football Academy Competition” in 2012 and won bronze in Ghana. He later Coach AS Racine FC in Lagos and gained promotion from Amateur 2 to Amateur 1.
ABS FC experience
Suleiman recalled: “As part of the coaching crew of ABS FC led by Coach Henry Makinwa, we were able to promote the club to the Nigeria Professional Football League,NPFL and reached Federation Cup quarter final where we lost to Ifeanyi Ubah FC”
It was a great experience for him as he would later handle the team in the twilight of the season after Coach Tunde Sanni left.
Alloy Chukwuemeka inspiration
Coach Suleiman Quadri revealed that Director of Football, ABS, Alloy Chukwuemeka inspired him to an historical feat in 2017.
He led the junior team of ABS in 2017 to win the first edition of NPFL/Laliga under 15 Championship in Lagos.
“Alloy Chukwumeka called me to his office one day and told about the competition where he believed I can do well because of my antecedent with Academy football and God so good; we eventually made history together”
African Football perspective.
The Ilorin born gaffer while reacting to football from African perspective said the continent still need to do more in terms of infrastructure and facilities.
“Nigeria has the resources, but have not been able to utilise it properly and adequately unlike the Northern part of Africa. I just hope that our football administrator wake up to the reality of the need to move the game to the high level”
Having left ABS in 2018, he went back to Togo league to start coaching Anges FC. He was able to raise the bar of the club from a relegation threatening one and has since been a force to reckon with. In 2020 season that was cancelled,Coach Suleiman placed the team in the 5th position and won a golden award from the club proprietor.
Stephen Keshi’s effect in Togo Football.
He described Late Keshi’s legacy in Togo as a one which has placed more responsibility on him and has raised the level expectations from him.
“To be realistic, people respect Nigeria in Togo because of the achievements of Stephen Keshi. He was able to qualify Togo to Nations Cup and World Cup which has never happened before. So i am also in Togo to make Nigeria proud”
Suleiman envisaged to come back to the country to coach a team saying it could be one of his greatest moment.