Gombe Football Association Honour Coach Manu Garba


Coach Manu Garba, MON/OON, is a household name in Nigeria’s football annals and beyond.

His name rings a bell whenever and wherever football is mentioned.

He became the most outstanding player in the history of football in Gombe State, after playing for Water Board and Gombe United FC.

In 1987, he moved to Elkanemi FC and established himself as a roving box-to-box midfielder. He also played for Kano Pillars before starting his coaching career. He amassed a number of laurels internationally as a national team coach in several categories. These include:

  1. FIFA U17 World Cup Gold Medal Winner- South Korea 2007.
  2. FIFA U17 World Cup Gold Winner-UAE 2013.
  3. CAF U17 Nations Cup Gold Medal Winner-Togo 2007.
  4. Umbro International Football Championship Gold Medal winner-Manchester 2001.
  5. Pepsi International Football Tournament Gold Medal Winner- Abeokuta 2008.
  6. All Nigeria Secondary Schools Shell Cup Football Competition Gold Medal Winner- 2006.
  7. WAFU U-17 Football Competition Gold Medal Winner- Niger 2018.
  8. LMC/Glo Super Six Football Competition Gold Medal Winner-Abuja 2015.
  9. AFCON- U20 Football Competition Gold Medal Winner-Senegal 2015.
  10. Eight Nations International Invitational Tournament Silver Medal Winner- South Korea 2007.
  11. AFCON U-17 Silver Medal Winner- Morocco 2012.
  12. UEFA/CAF Meridian Cup, Turkey 2005- Silver Medal Winner.
  13. Fair Play Gold Medal Winner FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013.

Because of these achievements two National Honours were conferred on him:

  1. Member of the Federal Republic (MFR), after winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea, by President, Commander-in-Chief, Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Late Umaru Musa ‘Yar’adua.
  2. Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) conferred on him by President, Commander-in-Chief Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2013, after winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the UAE 2013.


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