The management of Akwa United on Wednesday unveiled former Wikki Tourists coach Abdul Maikaba as their new head coach ahead of the 2016/2017 season in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Maikaba’s appointment followed a rather disappointing season by the Akwa Ibom State team which finished 14th in the
NPFL table and had a poor on the continent.
The coach who was former Kano Pillars and Enyimba assistant coach signed a two- year contract with the Promise
Keepers and was presented to the fans and media by club chairman and CAF Executive member Paul Bassey.
Maikaba guided Wikki Tourists to third position in the Nigeria Professional Football League last term but has
decided to seek a fresh challenge elsewhere.
The official website of the NPFL, npfl.ng reports that Wikki Tourists’ new manager, Mohammed Baba Ganaru, has said
he may have inherited a rich technical stock put together by his predecessor, Abdu Maikaba which he believes is a
good foundation to build on for a successful season ahead.
Baba Ganaru penned a one-year deal to lead the club in three competitive fronts, the Nigeria Professional Football
League, Federation Cup and CAF Confederation Cup in the 2016/17 season.
Speaking on a local radio sports show in Kano, Dala 88.5 FM, Ganaru applauded Maikaba for guiding the team to fourth
and third place finish respectively in two consecutive seasons.
In what is almost a rare admiration by an incoming manager for a predecessor in the NPFL, Ganaru told the radio
panel: “He (Maikaba) made his mark like a true tactician, it is a legacy that any coach will want to build on and
excel to higher heights. I congratulate him for job well done and wish him all the best in his new job.”
Also on the theme of new appointments Plateau United have announced Kennedy Boboye as their new head coach.
Boboye took over from veteran tactician, Zachary Baraje, who left the Jos-based outfit after leading them to eighth
place in the Nigeria Professional Football League last season.
The young coach is returning to club management after leaving Abia Warriors towards the end of last season.
He has also coached Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure.
Meanwhile MFM of Lagos have resumed camping ahead of next season. The club survived relegation on the last day of
the 2015/16 season with a 1-0 defeat of FC IfeanyiUbah at the Agege Stadium.