Wikki Tourists strikers deserve more time, says Aliyu Zubairu

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The Giant Elephants tactician has disclosed that he is willing to give their newly assembled strikers enough time to get their bearing

Wikki Tourists head coach, Aliyu Zubairu has asserted that he knows that his strikers will get it right in subsequent games after they were held to a 1-1 draw by less fancied Yarmalight of Gombe in a test game played in Kano on Sunday.

The Giant Elephant chose not to renew the contract of Bala Nikyu who steered the team for the past two seasons at the end of last season campaign and they have appointed a young coach, Aliyu Zubairu to return the team to their glory days of three seasons ago.

Zubairu has had to deal with the departure of some key players especially in the attack department and he has brought in some new strikers to cover up for those that left.

The top-flight side didn’t start their pre-season tour of Kano in the best possible they expected after they played a 1-1 draw with Nigeria National League side, Yarmalight and Zubairu in a post-match chat disclosed that he was not bothered by their poor start as they still have some games more to correct the lapses noticed against the lower league side.

“I am proud of the boys as they gave their best but it was unfortunate we couldn’t win the game,” Zubairu told the media.

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“We played and defeated them in Gombe a few weeks ago so they had no choice but to up their game. You could see that Delta Force also forced Kano Pillars to a draw in the first game of the tournament. The game has enabled us to see some areas we must do serious work on.   

“We just brought in some new strikers and they are doing their job as specified to them. We know that it won’t be automatic because they are just joining us. it will take a little while before they are going to gel with their teammates and start firing on all cylinders. I know they are going to get it right later on.”

Wikki drew the first blood in the 16th minute through Sabiu Uba who diverted Abba Umar’s goal-bound shot into his own net in his desperation to prevent the ball from going in but Yarmalight came back forcefully in the second half and their effort was rewarded with Mohammed Issa’s strike in the 66th minute.

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