Wikki Tourists strengthen Squad with 8 new players.

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By
Joshua Tekidek
After
finishing fourth on the log last season and missing out on continental
football, Wikki Tourist FC are determined to improve on that performance.
They
have set about the task through a number of measures including reorganisation
of the Management structure and players’ recruitment.
While
retaining their coaching staff led by Abdu Maikaba, the club also kept intact
the bulk of the players that had a good run of form all through last season
staying in touching distance of the top spot.
 
At
the heart of this objective of building on the success has been a decision to
the retain about 90% of players from last season and a strategic recruitment to
strengthen the squad with some eight new players including one from a Sudanese side
while two other influential players who went abroad last year are back with the
team.
The
new arrivals include two midfielders, two goalkeepers and three defenders.
The
midfielders are Mucktari Alhassan from Al-mogan of Sudan and Yau Zakari from FC
Taraba while the goalkeepers are Ndubuisi   
Okoagbo from Elkanemi Warriors and Gambo Gideon from Bayelsa United.
Others
are defender Ezekiel Micheal from Sharks and 
Shamama Iliya and  Saidu Yellow
who were recalled from loan with Adamawa United and Mighty Jets respectively.
Some
tough and competitive pre-season friendlies were put together to mold the squad
into a seamless unit ahead the 2015/16 season and this included a tour of
Kaduna where they participated in a 13 club tournament with the likes of former
champions, Kano Pillars, Kaduna United, Spotlite of Katsina among others.
Wikki
lost out in the quarter finals but Matori insists that the Technical Crew were
satisfied with the outing. Back in Bauchi, the team played in the MA Abubakar
pre-season game against clubs from the Nigeria National League(NNL) and Nigeria
NationWide League (NNWL).
On
his assessment of their preparations, Coach Abdu Maikaba said “We did not
do badly. We participated in the tournament to assess the players individually
and collectively as a team and we observed whatever weaknesses existed in the
squad which is the essence of the pre-season games. We have been seriously
working on those weaknesses to transform them into success and that will make
us have a good beginning in the season.
“Fourth
position is not acceptable to the people of Bauchi and we know that is our
challenge and we are ready to face it. We will improve on last season’s
performance so that we can achieve what we missed by whiskers. It is either the
trophy or continental ticket,” declared Maikaba.
New Sherriff in
town
A
new helmsman to run the club is Hon. Isa Matori who arrived with the pedigree
of having been on the same saddle in the past and has been quick to unfold his
work plan to achieve a result better that their fourth position placing.
Matori
assessed the performance and gave the club thumbs up, saying, “They have
done well because they were fourth last season and only narrowly missed a
continental ticket. What we plan to do is to immediately build on the success
that they reached last season.
“I
tried to make sure that we retained most of our good players and we have also
retained the technical crew. We refused to let them go despite approaches as we
met their demands and we are working cordially with both players and coaches.
“I
am glad to inform you that two of our good players who were absent towards the
end of last season are now back. They are Godwin Obaje and Chukwudi Samuel,” Matori
told www.npfl.ng.

2 COMMENTS

  1. One of the bright spots of last season is this Bauchi based side. They played some pretty exciting futbol & proved to be a handful for teams even when they were on the road. Big ups to them!

    *Ghanaman signing out*

  2. One of the bright spots of last season is this Bauchi based side. They played some pretty exciting futbol & proved to be a handful for teams even when they were on the road. Big ups to them!

    *Ghanaman signing out*

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