Wikki Tourists sure of top three fin­ish

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua @Ngob­ua­david

Se c r e t a r y / S o l e Ad­min­is­tra­tor of Wikki Tourists FC, Al­haji Ahmed Ti­j­jani Suleiman has as­sured that the Nige­ria Premier League side will pick one of the three top po­si­tions in or­der to end with a con­ti­nen­tal ticket.

With five matches left to play, Wikki Tourists are in third po­si­tion on 54 points same as fourth placed Giwa FC but with su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust yesterday, the ad­min­is­tra­tor of the club said Wikki Tourists are highly mo­ti­vated to end the sea­son among the top three clubs.

He said the gov­ern­ment of Bauchi State is giv­ing the club all the nec­es­sary sup­port and the only way such kind ges­ture can be re­cip­ro­cated is to pick one of the con­ti­nen­tal tick­ets.

Suleiman main­tained that even as Wikki are coast­ing home to their dream of win­ning a con­ti­nen­tal ticket, they are not go­ing to rest on their oars be­cause the com­pe­ti­tion at the top is fierce.

“We have five matches left to play and we have in sight one of the con­ti­nen­tal tick­ets. We are not go­ing to drop our guard. We shall keep work­ing hard to re­main among the top three clubs so as to play in the con­ti­nent next year.

“The se­cret of our suc­cess so far is noth­ing more than the com­mit­ment on the part of the gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of Bauchi State.

“Our ami­able Gover­nor, His Ex­cel­lency, Bar­ris­ter Mo­hammed Ab­dul­lahi Abubakar is num­ber one sup­porter. Since he came on board, he has pro­vided us with all the moral and fi­nan­cial sup­port we need,” he said.

Suleiman there­fore ex­pressed con­fi­dence that Wikki will record another con­vinc­ing vic­tory over FC Ifeany­i­Ubah when the league re­sumes af­ter the CHAN qual­i­fiers break.

“Our next game is against FC Ifeany­i­Ubah. We are sure of another re­sound­ing vic­tory. For us to achieve our dream, we must win all our re­main­ing home matches.”

“It was great the NFF brought us to Buenos Aires Football (BAF) to pre­pare for the World Cup which is a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows for max­i­mum con­cen­tra­tion. We are equally very grate­ful to the staff of BAF and the li­ai­son of­fi­cial from Euro­data, Juan Par­tri­cio who were also won­der­ful dur­ing our stay in Buenos Aires.” The Nige­rian Polo Fed­er­a­tion (NPF) has com­mended lead­ing ICT Com­pany, MTN, for its im­mense sup­port to­wards the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the game in the coun­try.

The NPF Pres­i­dent, Fran­cis Og­boro, who was speak­ing dur­ing a spe­cial din­ner hosted for par­tic­i­pat­ing play­ers and of­fi­cials of the NPF fol­low­ing the just con­cluded Yola Polo Tour­ney, praised the ICT gi­ant for part­ner­ing with the Yola Polo Club to or­ga­nize this year’s edi­tion of the tour­ney.

Ac­cord­ing to Og­boro, MTN’s in­volve­ment in the pro­mo­tion of Polo and other sports in Adamawa State have pro­vided a plat­form for youths and other sports en­thu­si­asts to di­rect their energy to gain­ful ac­tiv­i­ties.

While de­scrib­ing MTN as a lead­ing light with re­spect to NPF sanc­tioned tour­na­ments in the coun­try, Og­boro, fur­ther noted that the com­pany has made a huge im­pact on the pro­mo­tion of the game in Nige­ria through its spon­sor­ship of Polo com­pe­ti­tions na­tion­wide.

He said: “MTN has re­mained a re­li­able part­ner with us over the years and the NPF, along with the en­tire Nige­rian Polo fam­ily are grate­ful to this won­der­ful com­pany for this. Be­yond de­vel­op­ing the game, MTN’s spon­sor­ship has helped en­gaged our youths pos­i­tively. The sup­port has been im­mense and we are proud that it has yielded pos­i­tive fruits. We would like to en­cour­age other cor­po­rate or­ga­ni­za­tions to bor­row a leaf from MTN by also sup­port­ing the game”.

PHOTO: AFP

Cy­clists take part in the sec­ond stage of the Abu Dhabi tour from Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit to Yas Mall where the tour fin­ishes, in the Emi­rati cap­i­tal Abu Dhabi, on Oc­to­ber 9, 2015.

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