Niger Tornadoes Technical Adviser, Abubakar Bala Mohammed, said, Niger State Darling Team, Niger Tornadoes Football Club Of Minna, is putting every machinery in place towards ensuring a successful season and quick return to Nigeria’s top football echelon.
The Technical Adviser stated this during a live Saturday Morning weekly sports program on Cyrstal FM Minna, responding to questions from the anchor of the program and callers who called to contribute to the Sports World Program.
Bala said, “We have carried out scouting and screening exercise of players whom we feel can adapt to our system and demands of playing in the second division (NNL) and together with our old players, we have also commenced our pre-season program with two friendly matches played and more to follow”.
“Our target just like last season is promotion back to NPFL, part of the reasons we retained the bulk of our players from last season, as you can see, apart from Segun Alebiosu, Afeez Nosiru, Bamidele Ayodeji and Mustapha Jibril who left for greener pastures, the remaining players are committed to our course”
He said the team which have been fortified with young and quality players with great future, is grouped into A & B to give the Coaches maximum concentration, noting that, the Team B is the reserve and has the equal opportunity as the Team “A”
The Coach thereafter made a passionate appeal to the State Government to come to the aid of the Club in terms of funding, so as to actualize the dream of gaining promotion.
Also responding, was the Club’s Team Manager, Aliyu Mohammed who commended the Chairman of the Club Hon. Adamu Aliyu for his personal sacrifice to the club in terms of moral and financial support which is second to none, saying the issue of Bako Kontagora Stadium is in the front burner of the management and would be attended to before the league starts.
One of the regular feature on the program and former SWAN Chairman Niger State Chapter Comrade Abubakar Hassan in his contribution on the program appealed to all stakeholders in the state to rally round the team to be able to achieve the club’s target.
Callers who called to make contributions applauded the Coach for the level of preparedness thus far and pointed out areas of concern.