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Manager backs Rabiu to succeed

Kilmarnock coach Kenny Shiels has backed midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim to step up his football career in Scotland

Posted: 13 January 2013 Time: 7:40 pm

Manager of Kilmarnock Kenny Shiels has backed their newly signed Nigerian international midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim to step up his career at the modest Scottish Premier League club.

Rabiu has so far failed to make an impact at notable European clubs like Sporting Lisbon, PSV Eindhoven and Celtic. But Shiels believes the 21-year-old playmaker who has so far had a stunted career has the capacity to live up to his full potential.

“I would class Rabiu as a player we can develop,” Shiels said. “I think Rabiu’s career is on the descent and I don’t want to give him any discouragement when I say that. But he needs a kick-start – and I feel we can provide that.

“Having looked at Rabiu’s career, it’s clear the ability must be there. He’s been at clubs such as PSV Eindhoven and Celtic.

“That tells you something. But, for whatever reason, his career hasn’t taken off.

“People in the game and scouts I’ve spoken to have said Rabiu has great potential.

“But I don’t want to be sitting in four years’ time describing him the same way – as having potential.

“He has to start fulfilling that now. And if we can get him to his maximum potential, then we’ve got a good player.

“The first thing we have to do is make him feel comfortable. To give him an environment where he’s going to develop,” he said.

Rabiu is expected to make his debut for his new club when they host Dundee United on January 19 at the Rugby Park.

 

Article by: Uche George Egbe

Previous comments on this story...

atosandy
posted: 08:09 pm
up ur game man. Wish u good luck.
atosandy
posted: 08:16 pm
On Mtnfootball.com, coach of Zambia is talking tough, saying that nothing is special about Nigeria, judging from the match against Cape Verde, but i dont think anything is special about Zambia judging from the matches they have played so far.
Omo 9ja
posted: 08:22 pm
I wish you the best of luck my man
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 09:03 pm
Rabiu Ibrahim is probably a muslim; and I believe so. But, I must confess the truth here. I think he needs some deliverance/ exorcism-- and I am mean in a living church of God. I am sure his career will take off after that. I have a feeling that his life is held down by forces beyond what is seen in the ordinary. The world has gone up side down and we must not pretend it is not true.

People who are close to him should advise him so. I recommend the SCOAN of Senior Prophet T B Joshua. Marvelous things happen there.


"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
atosandy
posted: 10:26 pm
@Futbol-Aficionado, whether he is a muslim or a christian is not an issue, he has direct access to God. He should pray about his dwindly career.
atosandy
posted: 11:47 pm
what a quiet day.
Anonymous
posted: 12:58 am
@ Futbol-Aficionado, You are one of the idiots that attributes every failure to satan right? You knuckle heads should leave Satan alone and mind your business. Maybe you would also attribute the fall of Sneidjer from grace to grass to Satan right?
And talking about your TB Joshua, I pity you people that depend on a so called prophets or pastors to communicate with God. We have Jesus, and He is enough. He said the "Whosoever calleth on the name of my Father shall be saved".

I wish Rabiu best of luck.
Anonymous
posted: 12:59 am
Last comment was from "AJ"
Anonymous
posted: 03:12 am
T B Joshua will lead many people to hell. It's a pity we Nigerians claims to be the most religious people on earth even though it's not true. How can we possibly be the most religious when we are the most corrupt? Since T B Joshua is now a mini god in your world (the world of idiots like you) then he should wipe insecurity, epidemics(such as H.I.V) and bad leadership out of the surface of the earth. Rubbish!!! Some nigerians now claims to be more powerful than christ, they will even tell people to come and witness miracle in an open field, God forbid. If these deceivers are real how come we still have millions of disabled people out there? Or is it because they are not their church members that they don't want to help them with their so-called God-given healing powers? How come there are more churches in Nigeria than the entire Europe? It means there's something wrong somewhere. They are business centers and not houses of God. Wake up fellow compatriots. Rabiu Ibraheem has a religion through which he talks to his creator. Today hes is a millionaire in naira, which means his God is sufficient for him. He is even richer than you idiot.
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Game147
posted: 10:14 am
Guys take it easy. Futbol-aficionado only gave a possible remedy from his belief which is out of love for a guy with huge potential ( Rabiu ) , whose career is dwindling. Peole should understand that the spiritual controls the physical. Even our Lord Jesus Christ ( the son of God ) was crucified by men, how much more a mere mortal ?? I wish Rabiu Ibrahim well because i'm his number one fan and still believe he has alot to offer. ''Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm '' , i think this is a Biblical injunction. It is left for God to judge who serves him and who does otherwise. Let's discuss footbal and be careful not to incure the wrath of God on us. Super Eagles first game : Nigeria 4-1 Burkina Faso............What's your prediction ?
ehisbaba
posted: 11:46 am
@game147. Nigeria 4 burkina faso 1. Kai.. Ol boy, I like your faith. I expect us to win though. For rabiu ibrahim, talk to your God, continue training hard and see a good psychologist to help your confidence. Fernando Torres suffered that for almost 2 years until rafa Benitez came to his rescue.
Game147
posted: 12:19 pm
@ehisbaba, Nigeria 4-1 Burkina Faso , mek we bet am ?
Anonymous
posted: 12:59 pm
What is really wrong with this lad?
From sporting to PSV, PSV to Celtic. now Celtic to Kilmarnock. i bet he has not played upto 10 matches summed together. funny enough, all the coaches have one thing or the other to say about his enormous potentials. He needs to be given opportunity in Eagles friendly matches and qualifier. i bet with prayers, good psychology and opportunities, Rabiu can still make a good player. wish him the best.

Peton...
Good luck
posted: 01:26 pm
Please Keshi give this guy chance to play in the world cup qualifier to prove himself, Rabiu is a good player, give him chance Keshi.
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 03:04 pm
@ Futbol-Aficionado, You are one of the idiots that attributes every failure to satan right? You knuckle heads should leave Satan alone and mind your business. Maybe you would also attribute the fall of Sneidjer from grace to grass to Satan right?
And talking about your TB Joshua, I pity you people that depend on a so called prophets or pastors to communicate with God. We have Jesus, and He is enough. He said the "Whosoever calleth on the name of my Father shall be saved\".

I wish Rabiu best of luck.-------- @Anonymous.
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You have clearly expressed your state of mental depravity with all the tirades above and some others on this subject which are interspersed somewhere on this forum. Just like my good friend Game 147 admonished you and I quote " People should understand that the spiritual controls the physical. Even our Lord Jesus Christ ( the son of God ) was crucified by men, how much more a mere mortal ?? I wish Rabiu Ibrahim well because i'm his number one fan and still believe he has alot to offer. ''Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm '' , i think this is a Biblical injunction. It is left for God to judge who serves him and who does otherwise", I am going to tow his line. I refuse to join words with. My training and orientation forbids me from that.

But, keep in mind that my opinion and exhortation to Rabiu Ibrahim and not you, did not warrant uncouth and foul rants from any one let alone being referred to as an idiot. Again, thanks for the insult. Can we now talk football including such things as solutions that will revitalize Rabiu Ibrahim?


"Knowledge is like ony. One digs deep to have it."
ehisbaba
posted: 03:50 pm
Oya game147. Meet me at bet365.com. Lol... Anyway, we wish eagles well.
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