Newly appointed head coach of Plateau United, Abdul Maikaba has described his new side as ‘champions’. The former Akwa United coach also described the 2018 NPFL season as ‘inconclusive’.
Diegwusports caught up with the experienced coach on Tuesday where he also outlined his plans and objectives for Plateau United but we started by asking him the reason behind his move.
You were pretty comfortable with Akwa United Winning the Federation Cup in 2017, and this season you were in a strong position and competing for the league but unfortunately the league ended prematurely, why Plateau United?
“My primary reason for moving to Plateau United is to be closer to my family, hence creating stability in my coaching career. While I was with Akwa, sometimes I stay up to three months without seeing my family but here it is different”.
Your track record is a great one, from Wikki Tourists where you led a very youthful side to their highest ever finish in the league, to Akwa United where you won the 2017 Federation Cup, what kind of philosophy or mindset are you bringing to Plateau United and do you think you can fill into the big shoes which was left by Kennedy Boboye who won the league in 2017?
“Like to rightly said I am stepping into big shoes taking over Plateau United who are currently champions because as far as I am concerned the league was inconclusive so if you are talking about champions, we are still champions, hence my target is to consolidate on our previous results especially trying to get the team back into the continent. Plateau United I feel will be a good platform to excel and also improve on my coaching career”
Coach Maikaba, let’s talk transfers, have you signed any players yet? If yes, could you share with us?
“Right now we are talking with a lot if players and we are in advanced talks with the players, we will announce the done deals at the appropriate time”
Thank you coach and we wish you all the best for the upcoming season.