Head coach of ABS Ilorin FC, Jerome Igbankwe has disclosed that his top priority this season is to return ABS Ilorin FC to the pinnacle of Nigeria Football the NPFL, Owosports.com.ng reports.
Coach Jerome who joined the club last term after replacing Cameroonian gaffer Tony Encho who moved to Crown FC of Ogbomoso, had a bright start to life in the Nigeria National League (NNL) but failed to achieve his aim of qualifying to NPFL following a drop in form in what he attributed to the departure of some key members of his team during the mid-season break.
“Our target last year was to get promotion but we had a little challenge mid-season whereby three of our players left. This were our top scorers in the league at that particular time, now preparing others to meet up was abit tasking that was why we had that bleak last season”, He said to Journalists after their training on Monday.
“This season with the past experience I have to put myself together to ensure that what happened last time doesn’t occur again. We are working to ensure we have dept in the squad to see that we succeed this season not matter who leaves.
“So far we are working taking steps to replace some of the key players of who have left the club during the transfer window. We’ve gone far with our program, we’ve invited some players and some came in for trials. By the end of this week we will have a good team to prepare for the league proper”. He concluded.
The NNL 2022/2023 season has been scheduled to kickoff on the 3rd of March 2023.