After several weeks of preparations including last minute recruitment of players and intense series of friendly matches, Kogi United FC is set host Zamfara United to open their campaign in the 2016/17 Nigeria National League season.
Ahead of the NNL Northern Conference match day 1 encounter with Kogi away on Saturday to Zamfara FC home ground, the Satprdauna Township Stadium, Coach Ishaya Jatau has beefed up his side and says he believes the Confluece state club can achieve greatness this season by climbing to the elite Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The likes of John George, Roberts Sunday, both from Sokoto United, Emma Onuh from Plateau United, Matthew Idoko, Alex Nicholas, Victor Tale, Thomas Acheneje from Kaduna and James Onyebuchi have been brought on board to fill the space of departed captain Afolabi Abiodun, Ernest Governor, Destiny Ashadi, Chindo Babangida and Iko James.
Coach Jatau expressed optimism that his side would start the season on a high note, adding that they would be taking games with absolute focus and determination as they come.
“We are ready for the new season and we hope it’s a successful one for us, we’ve had an excellent preseason, the mentality and the spirit is high in the team now, we are taking that to Gusau and pray for luck our side,”
“I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on the boys, but we will taking our matches as they come with a renewed spirit, we want to use this season to appreciate what the management and the government have been doing for us and we will not disappoint,” said Ishaya Jatau.
Chairman of Kogi United, Mallam Abdul Sule, has also charged the boys to come back with positive result thereby complimenting the effort of Kogi State Government under Governor Yahaya Bello who has continuously demonstrating its passion for sports with tremendous support.