Former Black Stars defender Shilla Illiasu was spoted taking part in the GFA organized License’D’Coaching course at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale.
The former tough tackling Kotoko and King Faisal Babies defender was part of the squad that represented Ghana in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
His impressive performances at the World Cup grabbed the attentions of a number of big European clubs. After trials at Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers he eventually joined Russian club FC Saturn.
Shilla’s contract with Saturn came to an end in 2008 and he returned to Ghana and had to spend almost three years recovering from an ankle injury. He restarted his football career in 2010, signing for Ghana top-flight club Real Tamale United.
With his vast knowledge and achievement in football, he has availed himself to learn. This is a clear indication that young coaches without license should take advantage of the GFA coaching Program to help develop the beautiful game.
Despite his personal challenges, he is helping in his small way to develop the game at the grassroots by scouting and coaching a division two side, Kasaligu Arrow Heads.
His presence at the training is indicative of a desire to continue his game in a technical capacity as many retired Footballers do. With a certificate, he now has the chance to make it to the top ones again.
By Saaka Yakubu Issah