Boboye targets successful title defence with Plateau United

By Andrew Randa

Plateau United head coach Kennedy Boboye is a man on a mission. An unusual mission.

Boboye is now bidding to guide Plateau United to become only the second club to win the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) back to back in the new era under the League Management Company (LMC) after Kano Pillars achieved the feat in 2013 and 2014.

The former Sunshine Stars manager is fully focused on the league after Plateau United’s ouster from the CAF Champions League and later on, the CAF Confederation Cup.

Boboye clearly has his sights on racing to the top of the table and taking another pop at the continent as he prepares his wards for the resumption of the NPFL.

Plateau United have been in Jos for the past few weeks training and playing friendly games to test their readiness for the league.

The latest test game, a goalless draw against local rivals Mighty Jets in their last test game at the New Jos Stadium last Wednesday was used to gauge the fitness of the players and Boboye was impressed with what he saw.

“We are not there yet but we have made a lot of progress fitness wise and hopefully, everyone should be up to par before the league commences,” Boboye told npfl.ng

“We have been working hard since the break and we are planning that by our next game (away at MFM in Lagos) and with all we have been doing here for the past two or three weeks, it should get us a result in Lagos.

“Playing friendly games without official matches isn’t the most ideal but we have to make the best of it so as to be ready when the league resumes.”

Plateau United’s ouster from Africa drew a lot of flak from fans of the club but Boboye insists his team will make up for their continental woes when the league resumes.

The Jos side are fifth on the NPFL log after 24 games and with no continental distractions, Boboye feels it is time to put the smiles back on the faces of Jos fans.

Boboye’s mission is to win the league title back to back after helping Plateau United to end a 19-year hoodoo last season by winning the top-flight title.

Unperturbed by Plateau United’s position on the table, Boboye believes his side can overtake Lobi Stars at the top of the summit and lift the league title again.

“If we continue with the mentality of winning like we did last season then we can do it again this season. We don’t have to bother with the continental games any more,” he revealed.

“All our focus now is on the league and we must make sure we finish among the top-two in the league or even win the title again.

“I also want to thank the fans for their support and we pray they should come out like they usually do to cheer the team to victory. The team is with them as they are also behind the team. The team will continue to give a hundred per cent to give the fans what they need.”

Plateau United next NPFL game will be an away tie to Lagos side MFM.