Nigeria Professional Football League side, Kano Pillars on Tuesday sealed the deal to bring French tactician Lionel Soccoia, to the club as a new manager. 

The name LIONEL SOCCOIA is not a name that ring bells in the Nigeria Professional Football League, but well-known in some part of Africa, after leading at least 6 clubs in Africa.

Taking a microscopic into his career as a manager, he as spent an average of 1.5 years in each club he has managed. Soccoia most favored formation on the pitch is 4-4-2. According to stats gathered from transfermarkt.

He had a term to forget as coach of the Black Leopard, amassing just four points in 5 games, despite money splashed to sign experienced players like Thabo Matlaba, Thuso Phala, Mogakolodi Ngele and Cuthbert Malajila among others, but failed to record positive results. 

Lionel Soccoia has managed 7 countries in Africa, from Ivory Coast, Benin, Gabon, Cameroon, Tanzania and South Africa, where he had his last job. 

Names of Clubs Managed

Black Leopards FC South Africa Black Leopards 19/20 (Jul 1, 2019) 19/20 (Sep 17, 2019) Manager 5 0.80

African Lyon Tanzania African Lyon 18/19 (Aug 1, 2018) 18/19 (Sep 30, 2018) Manager – 0.00

Cotonsport de Garoua Cameroon Cotonsport 15/16 (Oct 31, 2015) 15/16 (Jun 30, 2016) Manager – 0.00

CF Mounana Gabon CF Mounana 13/14 (Jul 1, 2013) 14/15 (Jun 30, 2015) Manager – 0.00

AFAD Djékanou Cote d’Ivoire AFAD Djékanou 12/13 (Jul 1, 2012) 12/13 (Jun 30, 2013) Manager – 0.00

CIFAS de Djeffa Benin CIFAS 09/10 (Jul 1, 2009) 10/11 (Jun 30, 2011) Manager – 0.00

It will be recalled that ban on contact sports in Nigeria have been lifted, Kano Pillars will hope to clinch the title they have won Six times, plus making a statement in the CAF Confederation Cup.