Abdu Maikaba drops hint over Junior Lokosa interest

It is uncertain if the Kano Pillars hitman plans to move away, but the Promise Keepers handler has confirmed his interest in signing him

Akwa United head coach Abdu Maikaba has confirmed he is interested in securing the services of Junior Lokosa from Kano Pillars when the Nigeria league transfer window reopens this April. 

His statement of interest followed questions on the Promise Keepers’ potential transfer plans ahead of the mid-season break after their clash with struggling Heartland on April 29.

The 24-year-old joined the Kano-based side from Nigeria National League side First Bank midway last season and got his first ever topflight debut goal in 1-0 win over Niger Tornadoes in May 2017.

The striker is in blistering form for the Sai Masu Gida, scoring 11 goals in 12 games this season and his latest came in Monday's 1-1 draw against the Ikon Allah Boys at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

And the gaffer feels signing the Lagos-born red-hot forward will bolster his frontline as they move to cope with their three competitions this season including the Caf Confederation Cup.

"Wanting me to start thinking of the mid-season which is after our Matchday 19th game may be too quick," Maikaba told Goal.

"We are still playing games now in the first round. But we are also still looking at where we have problems in the team and beef up, particularly in our attack.

"We are looking for a striker in the class of Junior Lokosa that in every game, you will expect a goal.

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"If we get someone like him [Lokosa] we will be very happy.  At least every time like that we are expecting a goal in your match from him."

Despite Maikaba’s interest, Lokosa looks to be enjoying life in Kano and his current employers would find it hard to let him go as Pillars need his form in their pursuit of the league diadem.