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Wikki Tourists FC outlines ambition

The Bauchi-based club seeks to conquer the Nigeria Premier League and clinch a continental ticket after the 2012 season.
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Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi has disclosed that the club's goal is not just to win the 2011 Nigeria National League Super Cup but to clinch a continental ticket after the 2012 season.

At the end of the four-day round-robin competition held in Bauchi, the host team bagged seven points from three matches to top the table.

Rising Stars FC of Akure were the runners-up with four points, followed by Akwa United FC of Uyo with three points, while Jigawa Golden Stars FC of Dutse placed fourth with two points.

Yakubu Maidaji, Wikki's Technical Adviser, said that the victory had gladdened his heart.

"We thank God that we won the trophy but that achievement will not make us feel we have arrived. Our target is to conquer the Premier League and grab a continental ticket.

"To us, this victory is just a stepping stone and nothing more. We have a target, which is, as I said, to conquer the Nigeria Premier League," Maidaji said.

He thanked all those who contributed to his team’s victory, promising that the team would strive to do its best in the 2012 Premier League.

Reacting to Wikki Tourists’ win, the Technical Adviser, Jigawa Golden Stars of Dutse, Ahmed Abdu-Pele, said that the victory was well deserved.

According to him, although it was sad that his club failed to win anything in the competition, it would have been a disaster if Wikki had not carted away the trophy.

"The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) chairman is from Bauchi State and he has done a lot to ensure the successful hosting of the competition in his home state.

"I think the best way of honouring him was for the host team to perform well and lift the trophy, which is exactly what happened.

"I am happy with such a development and I congratulate Wikki Tourists for making their man proud,” he said.