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Wikki Tourists FC targets continental slot

05 April 2013, 09:02

Abuja - Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi say it has put in place strategies to ensure it picks a continental ticket at the end of the current Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

The team's Manager, Abdullahi Gimba, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.

Gimba said that the club had been motivated to excel by the state governor, Alhaji Isa Yuguda.

He explained that one of the strategies was the placement of players on salary as against the usual sign-on fees.

Gimba said: "Henceforth, players of the club would receive a minimum of N250 000 monthly for their services.

"This will be the roadmap to our success this season. The governor has cancelled the sign-on fees to players and the new salary payment has started.

"We have started receiving our new salaries and we now pay in bulk. We pay our players from N250,000 upwards and this will discourage players from going on strike.

"Gov. Yuguda has also given us two new buses and this will go a long way to motivate the players.

"This is why I have the belief that we will get a continental ticket," Gimba said.

He noted that a proposal had been submitted to the governor for the release of money to enable the club to clear the outstanding sign-on fees owed some of the players.

Gimba added that the reform being introduced to the league by the League Management Committee (LMC) would also give every club a level playing ground to operate.

The Wikki FC boss said the club’s confidence in clenching a continental ticket had been boosted following the emergence of its player, Aminu Umar, as the highest goal scorer at the just concluded African Youth Championship (AYC) in Algeria.

He pointed out that the loss to Kano Pillars FC in the season’s opener in Bauchi was destined to happen as players played to instruction but the goals did not just come.

"My players played to expectation in spite of losing the first game to Kano Pillars, they are not a pushover team.

"I believe that at the end of the day all things will be in perfect condition."



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