There’s no stopping Plateau Utd, vows 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 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champion - in fact, if Plateau United can get a point against Rangers International on Sunday and MFM fail to win at El-Kanemi Warriors, 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 has 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 calm a demeanour that betrays his bulky frame. However, on the field of play, he turns into a warrior who is ready to defend the colours 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 NPFL title in only their second season back to the top flight after the Jos club were relegated in 2011.

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. caught up with Golbe in Jos as he prepares for the big finale on Saturday against Rangers, a game, he said, will be like a cup final to him and his teammates.

“We are battle ready, we are looking forward to lifting the league title and we shall do so on Saturday,” he told

“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 Saturday, we are going to give our best and make sure that we get the three points and get crowned 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 Matchday 38 game of the NPFL.

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