ABS to go for 10 days camping in Lokoja

The only privately owned club is set to proceed to the capital of Kogi State for an intensive build up to the new league season

Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC are expected to embark on a 10-day intensive camping exercise in Lokoja in preparation for the NPL 2012/13 season, a top official of the club has disclosed.

ABS barely finished outside the relegation zone last season and General Manager, Alloy Chukwuemeka explained the essence of the closed camping.

"We have most of our players retained from last season. We have over 97 percent of them intact but we need to have them train outside their usual environment which will make them ready for the rigours of next season," Chukwuemeka told Goal.com.

"We have arranged quality matches against neighbouring clubs like Kogi United and clubs from Abuja based on the closeness to Lokoja.

“We are hopeful that at the end of the camping exercise, ABS will turn into a strong team that will be ready to challenge for honours next season.

"The players will be well tested and drilled too in all the friendly matches," Chukwuemeka said.

ABS will only prosecute the new league season with 25 players after releasing only three of their prize assets to NPL clubs while negotiations are still ongoing to clear the three from the club.

The Nigeria Premier League has fixed February as tentative date for the start of the new season.