It will be a failure if El-Kanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri does not pick one of the continental tickets on offer at the end of the season which will soon commenced, the newly employed coach of the team, Salisu Yusuf, has said.
The coach, who spoke with journalists after his team spanked visiting Yobe Desert Stars of Damaturu in a friendly match in Maiduguri, said the target of the team which missed out of the continent on the final day of last season by placing fourth on the league standing, said his
target was to secure a continental ticket for the club at the end of this year’s Glo Premier League season.
He said: “I am here to revive the club and build a strong team for the league… Like you know, team building in football takes a long period of time, the players are currently in transition from their former pattern to a new pattern of play.”
He boasted that :“Once the players are able to adopt my style of play the sky will be our limit. Let me say categorically that if we do not finish the league as winners, 1st or 2nd runners up, then we are a failure.”
He said: “If I was able to turn around teams like Kano Pillars FC and Enyimba FC within a short while, then we can do the same here in Maiduguri. The most important is to build a team. I am sure that task will not be difficult since am not under any pressure here.”
The Chairman of the club, Zannah Mala, who also spoke with journalists said that the coach
was hired after the team finished fourth on the league table last season and the new coach is expected to take them to the continent.
He said: “We were able to raise a team last year, but we failed to make it due to some reasons. So we decided to get a sound coach to pursue our dream of getting a continental ticket this season.”
Mala while expressing appreciation to the state government for its numerous supports to the team in spite of its lean resources, said: “We have to justify the huge financial support from the state government. That is why we are focusing our attention of securing a continental ticket this year.”
He said the team had prepared ahead of the league to ensure good result, revealing that the team was camped in Kano for five weeks before proceeding to Lagos for another two weeks.
“We also played friendlies with clubs from Cameroun and Chad Republic to fine tune the team,” Mala said.