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Abdu Maikaba plots Akwa United return

Plateau United head coach, Abdu Maikaba has revealed he will like to go back to Akwa United, a team he previously managed before joining Plateau.

Maikaba left Wikki Tourist to join Akwa United in 2016 after qualifying the Bauchi outfit to continental football.

The 55-year-old tactician led the Promise Keepers to their first major trophy, winning the Federations Cup (Aiteo Cup) in 2017 and kept Akwa United in the hunt for the league title.

In an exclusive interview with The Athletic NG, Maikaba revealed his love for the Uyo based team, and said he will make a return to the club.

“Akwa United is a team I like, the team I love. I love Akwa United so much. I was thinking to come back after a year, I wanted my first son to graduate just to come back but I was under severe pressure from people to sign for more than even two years in Plateau so that I will make sure the two of them will graduate before I go out to work far from home.”

Coach Abdu Maikaba led Akwa United to their first Aiteo Cup title in 2017
Coach Abdu Maikaba led Akwa United to their first Aiteo Cup title in 2017 | Credit: Akwa United Media

After leaving Akwa United in 2018, he sited family issues as the main reason he moved up north.


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“Really I was supposed to continue with Akwa United because we have built a good team and the best way to keep this on was for me to renew my contract, ” Maikaba explained in an interview with Bunmiblair blogspot in 2018.

“Unfortunately back home, I have something that has been distracting my attention from the job, it relates to my family.

“My family is based in Kano, so I want to come closer to my family, so I can solve problems. It’s easier for us to see ourselves more, especially my children that are young and coming up, I don’t have to leave the burden of their development on my wife alone.”

The Kano born coach said fans of Akwa United should expect him back in Uyo in two years’ time to continue his project with the Promise Keepers.

Maikaba, also revealed he has applied for the position of the National U20 coach, but is yet to hear from the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF.

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