Abdu Maikaba has been unveiled as the new Plateau United head coach.
The former Wikki Tourists boss takes over from Kennedy Boboye who left the club last week.
Maikaba, 53, arrives at the club following a two-year spell at Akwa United. He led the Uyo side to Aiteo Cup triumph in his first season at the club.
The coach expressed excitement at his new appointment, saying the club would provide a ‘good platform’ for him to excel.
“I’m happy that I was unveiled as the Technical Adviser of this great club,” he said at the unveiling ceremony.
“I’ve the belief that it’s going to be a very good platform for me to show who I am in this coaching job, and I believe that from what I’ve heard from football circles all over Nigeria, if you want managerial support, government support, go to Plateau United.”
The coach has penned a three-year contract with the Peace Boys, who finished last season in fifth position — six points behind champions Lobi Stars.
Lobi Stars were declared league champions after leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation led to a premature ending of the league — with 14 games to play.
Maikaba, however, rejects Lobi Stars’ champions tag, insisting his new side, who won the league two seasons ago, are the genuine title holders.
“Everyone knows that there’s no champion in Nigeria at present. The real champion is still Plateau United.”
He revealed that his immediate ambition is to win the domestic double.
” The first challenge is to retain that [league] trophy. The second challenge is to make sure we win that other trophy, that is, the Aiteo Cup. It’s long a Nigerian club have won the double.”
He added: “Apart from Enyimba, we’ve been looking for a team to win laurels at continental competitions, and I believe Plateau United have the ability.”