Plateau United head coach, Abdu Maikaba and Wikki Tourists counterpart, Usman Abd’Allah have thumbed up the organisational acumen of the organisers of the Governor Masari Preseason Tournament for their tireless efforts to ensure that the tournament goes hitch-free even in its maiden edition.
Maikaba told the Governor Masari Preseason Tournament Media that the tournament has enabled him to see competitive games to prepare his team for the competitions they are billed to take part in this season.
The former Enyimba, Wikki Tourists, and Akwa United coach pointed that he is impressed with the organization of the tournament and he praised the effort of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari who has provided an additional platform for the youth to shun vices and embrace football with teams from the NPFL, NNL and grassroots invited to the preseason tournament.
“Governor Masari Preseason Tournament is a very good competition and one of the best in Nigeria,” Maikaba said.
“It has been well organized and I think it should become an annual tournament because apart from the teams that are playing in the Premier League there are grassroots teams I have seen with lots of qualities and players that can go places and it helps young players to grow. We are very happy about the introduction of some teams from the grassroots in the tournament.”
While also heaping plaudits on the organisers of the Governor Masari Preseason Tournament, Wikki Tourist handler, Usman Abd’Allah noted some areas of improvement.
Abd’Allah who revealed that his second-string side played in their shock 5-2 loss to Zamfara United stressed that he was pleased to return to winning ways against though Rarara Academy.
“it is important to win games like this because most people focus solely on winning. We had a very competitive game against Rarara Academy. They were very fit and combative,” He said in a chat with the Governor Masari Preseason Tournament Media.
“It is the kind of game we are looking for so that we will how our players will fare. I’m happy that we got the victory. I like their determination towards the end of the game. It is a very positive attitude for a team. I like their guts. I decided to rest most of the players that have been playing against Zamfara United to give them the atmosphere of the tournament but it turned out that way. I wasn’t bothered about the defeat but about looking at the depth of my team.
“The game with Zamfara United confirmed most of the things that I have been thinking and doubting. We reshuffled the team and came back with mostly those that have been playing. We still need to work on the defence.”
Abd’Allah applauded the organizers of the tournament and also offers his advice on what should be done to take the tourney to the next level: “The It is a good thing that this type of tournament is in place. They should reduce the number of games per day. It is not too good that games are played in the morning.
“They can decide to play in the afternoon, evening, and even night even though it may be costly. I’m impressed with their organisation and there has not been any violence. It has been very peaceful. They should try and work on getting more experienced referees for the next edition.”