who-is-saddiq-abubakari-the-head-coach-of-wafa-scI lived most of my formative life where football is the daily bread of majority of the indigenes without any chauvinism and tribal differences.
Yelwa-Zongo have given birth to many a renowned football player, a lot becoming national assets like Bashiru Gambo, Baba Adamu Amando and recently Awal Mohammed, formerly of Asante Kotoko SC, just to mention a few.
With the love one grew up to have for football, you couldn’t have helped but to have the inborn abilities and capabilities to develop the penchant for football and hardly do you see and hear a child growing up in the late 90’s and the early millennium at Yelwa-Zongo not craving to become a professional footballer.
Growing up then, it was the ever famous Feyenoord Academy at Gomoa Feteh in the Central Region and the Ajax Academy that were buzzing and were always on the lips of every parent who wanted his or her child realize the dream of playing football.
In fact, Yelwa-Zongo in Kumasi was all about Feyenoord Academy in terms of football and one person who made this name always enshrined at every nook and cranny of this tiny community is Sadiq Abubakar who is the coach of West African Football Academy, WAFA.
Sadiq Abubakar was the best thing to have ever come from a child who then admired to play professional football at Yelwa-Zongo even with Basiru Gambo and Baba Amado making the limelight during their hay days because, Sadiq’s talent was exceptional and everyone thought he was going to reach the top echelons of world football.
As it is a known fact that every profession has its own hazards that come along with it, injuries are the biggest one in football and unfortunately, Sadiq Abubakar was a victim of recurrent knee injury which nabbed his football career in the mud.
Sadiq Abubakar will have to opt for other professions to keep him active in the game and with the help of the late Sam Addy, who had been a close “father” to the now stop-gap coach for WAFA, he ventured into coaching at Feyenoord Academy now, WAFA.
He has received a lot of training certificate and badges at Red Bulls in Austria, France, South Africa, Ghana and a host of other countries across the world and will be heading to Manchester City later in June for other coaching courses.
There’s a popular saying that, when Allah wants to bless you, He chooses so many ways and in so many adversaries to bless you and Sadiq Abubakar is a big testimony of that as he is leaving a big dream he never dreamt of ever in his life by becoming the coach of WAFA playing at the top level of football in the country.
Sadiq Abubakar, affectionately called NINJA, has passed through the ranks of coaching at WAFA from a 2nd Generation coach to the assistant coach of the 1st Generation and now the Head of the team.
Having had the experience of coaching about 95 percent of these current WAFA side at the U-16, Sadiq Abubakar is au-fait about the abilities and capabilities of each player in the squad now as he has traveled with most of them for international tournament as the coach of the U-16 side.
Winning his first professional game as the Head Coach of WAFA coming against Ebusua Dwarfs in the Ghana Premier League means that, it is time for Sadiq Abubakar to unleash what he has as a coach if injuries failed him in realizing his football career.
Many followers of the game will have it as startling to see WAFA walloped Dreams FC over the weekend by 5-0 as they played with comfort and purpose even much more better than under Klavs Rasmussen who nearly won the league for the Academy side, but to someone who knows the in’s and out’s of Sadiq Abubakar as a coach, I know he is capable of doing way better.
Some of us who have lived with and followed the development of Sadiq Abubakar as a footballer and a coach, I am emphatic on this that he is a national assets and will soon take up any of the junior national teams not because he won his first major game in the Ghana Premier League against Ebusua Dwarfs and annihilating Dreams FC over the weekend, because of his steady and productive rise to his career as a coach.
It should not come as startling to anyone should Sadiq Abubakar lead this young WAFA side to an unexpected height in the ongoing league even after a poor start to the season.
I know NINJA through and through, I will watch him again as he heads WAFA after the resignation of Klavs Rasmussen, and you also need to watch him too.