.Ex Flying Eagles coach hails Governor Masari Preseason Tourney
Plateau United head coach, Abdu Maikaba has blamed his players’ lack of match fitness for their 2-0 loss to Niger Tornadoes in the ongoing Governor Masari Preseason Tournament at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina.
Maikaba argued that his players would have performed better than they did had they not skipped training for 10 days because of the #EndSars protests and the curfew imposed by Plateau State Government to quell it and stop it from being hijacked by hoodlums.
He noted that they only had two training sessions before they left for Katsina but stressed that his team’s performance will improve in their subsequent games.
“I can say that I’m very happy about the result of the game with Niger Tornadoes even though we lost because we have seen some lapses which we have to go back and work on them,” Maikaba informed the Governor Masari Preseason Tournament Media in an interview.
“Even though it is not our problem or mistakes it is a problem of fitness that came about as a result of the #EndSars protest that we encountered in Jos. We ended up having 10 days without training sessions. We came back from the curfew and only trained twice before coming for this tournament. Of course we had promised to be here and I believe the result we had against Tornadoes will help us when we play another game tomorrow.”
Maikaba while praising the organisers of the Governor Masari Preseason Tournament for a putting up a hitch free tourney even in its very maiden edition, appealed to the organisers to allow him present another team in the tournament to endure he tests other players at his disposal.
“I am appealing to the organizers to give me another slot to enable me use the players I have come with. I came with 40 players so that I can give others a chance to play. So every oneryone of them will have games to play and match fitness will gradually come back.
“We are lacking in match fitness and without it, no matter the qualities you have you can never get things right. The games that have been arranged will help us to get match fitness.
“Governor Masari Preseason Tournament is a very good competition and one of the best in Nigeria. 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.”