Wikki Tourists strengthen Squad with 8 new players.

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.


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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*

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  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*

    ReplyDelete