Maikaba makes title pledge after landing Plateau United coaching role

By Alfred Saiki

New Plateau United head coach Abdu Maikaba has given his employers assurances that he has joined the Jos club to guide them to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title when the 2018/19 season kicks off later this year.

Maikaba signed a two-year contract with an option of a third depending on performance and straightaway the man nicknamed ‘The Teacher’ has set his eyes on winning the league and Cup double with Plateau United.

His previous feat at Akwa United was the AITEO Cup win in 2017 and respectable top-four finishes with Wikki Tourists during his three-year stint at the Bauchi club.

This time, Maikaba at his public unveiling as the club’s new manager promised “to retain that (league) trophy” referring to Plateau United as the NPFL title-holders after the immediate past season ending with 14 matches to spare owing to governance crisis in the country’s football.

“The first challenge is to retain that trophy. The second challenge is to make sure we win the other trophy, which is the AITEO Cup. It has been a while a Nigerian club has won the double, even with the inconclusive arrangement of our league of last season. It was confirmed that no team can win the two trophies, so we are here to do the double,” said Maikaba.

Maikaba also revealed that he has a mandate from the club to do well beyond the shores of the country by taking Plateau United to one of CAF’s club competitions and excelling.

The former Akwa United and Wikki Tourists manager is also looking forward to “a smooth working relationship” with the club and supporters as he takes the reins after the departure of Kennedy Boboye.

Plateau United general manager Pius Henwan grinning from ear to ear on the club’s latest capture, or what many will refer as a coup, believes the appointment of Maikaba is a big statement from the Jos outfit.

He believes Maikaba is capable of leading the club to continental success.

“We have been longing to bring him (Maikaba) to Plateau United, we have finally succeeded,” said Henwan.

“Today the person we are unveiling will win us the CAF Champions League.”