Newly promoted Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC, has concluded its closed camping exercise at Lokoja, the Kogi State capital and has since return to Ilorin for the final preparations for the league opener against Akwa United on Sunday, in Ilorin.
Speaking on the tour, the Coach of the team, Henry Makinwa, said he is delighted with the preseason tour of Lokoja.
“My boys showed character and determination to succeed this season. “I hope to continue from where we stopped in Lokoja.
“We won all our games in Lokoja with clean sheets and we had the opportunity to train on the pitch we are playing our first away game” Makinwa said.
Also speaking on the club’s preseason tour, the team’s Director of Football, Alloy Chukwuemeka, thanked the management of Kogi United FC, especially the Chairman of the Lokoja based team, Malam Abdul Sule and other staff.
Chukwuemeka also thanked other stakeholders, the Sports Council and soccer enthusiasts who came to see the team play their friendly games.
The ABS Director of Football said the team will announce and unveil its players for the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) today Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Ilorin.
According to him, the management has concluded plans to strategise on how to attract fans to come cheer the boys on every match days.
“We are already working with necessary stakeholders to mobilise commercial transport drivers, market women and students for our games.
“We are also working with schools for our fan base development program” Chukwuemeka said.
ABS played three games at Lokoja and were unbeaten scoring 14 goals without conceding any in the process.