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Issa Gata backs Wikki Tourist for playoff spot despite absence with Flying Eagles

17:15 IST 01/05/2019
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Though far away in Germany with the Nigeria U-20 team, the striker is confident that the Giant Elephant will make it to the Super-Six

Wikki Tourist striker Issa Gata is confident that his team has what it takes to finish in the play-off spots in Group A of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Gata, who is presently away in Germany with the Nigeria U-20 team ahead of the Cadet World Cup in Poland, told Goal that he is confident in the ability of his teammates as the Nigerian top-light approaches its final stage

Wikki Tourist are presently two points adrift of the final playoff spot in Group A and for Gata, getting some points on the road will help the ambition of his team greatly.

“I must commend my teammates for the good job they have done in transforming Wikki Tourist from a team battling with relegation to a team fighting for a playoff ticket," Gata told Goal.

“Even if I am away on national assignment with the Flying Eagles, I know my teammates can get the playoff ticket, I just pray they can get some points on the road, that would help us a lot.

Aliyu Zubairu’s men are playing away to Sunshine Stars in the next round of NPFL games this weekend.

They will also be battling for points in Aba and Markudri when they take onEnyimba and Lobi Stars, respectively.

In the reverse games against these three teams, Wikki lost at home against Sunshine, drew against the Pride of Benue and won against the People’s Elephant.