NPFL Final Day: There’s No Stopping Plateau United, swears Golbe

Elisha Golbe
By
Andrew Randa

When
it rains, it pours says the adage and this can be used to describe
Plateau United captain Elisha Golbe.

Much
unheralded in his career and under the radar for a better part of it,
he is on the cusp of being a Nigerian league champion-in fact, if
Plateau can get a point against Rangers International on Sunday,
Golbe will lift the trophy as captain.

It
will be a season of blessings for the bulky defender who can also
play in midfield. He’s gone double Dutch after being handed his
first ever national call-up at any level by Salisu Yusuf’s CHAN
team and now, it is just days away from having a title ring.

Golbe
is soft spoken and has a calm demeanour that betrays his bulky frame.
However, on the field of play, he turns into a warrior who is ready
to defend the colors of the ‘Sai United’.

An
integral part of the team from the start of the season, he has led
his troops to the brink of lifting the Nigeria Professional Football
League (NPFL) title in only their second season back to the top
flight.

Not
only a leader in the team, he has also contributed his fair share of
goals-four of them-via set pieces to aid Plateau United’s quest for
a first ever league title in the club’s history.

Npfl.ng
caught up with Golbe in Jos as he prepared for the big finale on
Saturday against Rangers, a game, he said, will be like a cup final
to him and his team-mates.

We
are battle ready, we are looking forward to lifting the league title
and by God’s grace we shall do so on Saturday,” he told npfl.ng.

The
game against Rangers is like a cup final for us and we are taking it
very seriously. We have not come this far to miss out on the trophy.

Everybody
is in high spirits for the match on Saturday because it is a very
important match for us. I think everybody is prepared for the match.

Come
Sunday by the special grace of God, we are going to give our best and
make sure that we get the three points and get crowned the champions
of the 2016/17 NPFL season,”.

He
also revealed that winning the title will be fulfilling a dream he
has had since he became a professional footballer.

Winning
the title this season is going to be a great achievement to all of us
because it is the pride of every player to win it because when you
are playing professional football, you always dream that one day you
will become a champion.

Thank
God, it is a dream coming true. It will mean a lot to us to win the
Premier League this season.”Golbe added.

League
leaders Plateau United will host Rangers International of Enugu in a
Match Day 38 game of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

The
Jos side will be crowned champions if they avoid defeat irrespective
of the outcome of the game in Maiduguri between El-Kanemi Warriors
and MFM of Lagos.

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