Abuja - The El Kanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri on Sunday said it
had recruited nine players to beef up its squad, ahead of the
commencement of the 2013/2014 premier league season.
The chairman of the club, Zannah Mala, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.
Mala said the club had also dropped six players as part of efforts to overhaul the team.
He added that the new players would join the 23 others who played in the last football season.
"The club management has approved the recruitment of nine players to
beef up the team in some critical areas; this is in addition to the 23
players retained from last football season.
"The management also dropped six players from the team as part of the preparations for the league,'' Mala said.
The chairman said the club was working toward picking a continental ticket next season.
He noted that "the management has approved the appointment of coach
Salisu Yusuf as the team’s new Technical Adviser, following the exit of
Coach Zakari Baraje at the end of last season.
"Our target is to secure one of the continental tickets at the end of the season.
"We believe that the team has all the potential to take us to the dream land."
Mala, who commended Baraje for leading the club to a successful
outing last season, explained that "we played at the lower division
without getting promotion for nine years, until Coach Kelechi Emetole
took us to the elite division.
"Unfortunately, Emetole had to leave due to pressures from his immediate family following concerns over his safety.
"Baraje came and turned around the fortunes of the club within six months, we end up at 4th position on the league table.
"We are in the process of commencing two weeks closed camping for the team in Maiduguri.
"We plan to have a short break during the Chrismas before embarking on another two weeks camping in Kano."
The club chairman said the team would play a number of international
friendly matches with clubs in Benin and Togo Republic to further
sharpen its skill for the league.
He commended the state government for its numerous supports and
particularly thanked Gov. Kashim Shettima "for being a strong pillar in
terms of providing moral and financial support to the club.
"I also wish to commend members of the supporters club for standing
by the club in spite of the security challenges facing the state."