Abdu Maikaba has exclusively told www.busybuddiesng.com that he will combine the coaching roles of Akwa United and the Golden Eaglets without either suffering.
The former Wikki Tourists coach, who led Akwa United to Aiteo Cup glory last month, was over the weekend handed the reins of Nigeria’s U-17 men’s national football team.
Maikaba disclosed that he has programmes in place at the Uyo-based side that will thrive even in his absence.
“It depends on the programmes of both sides,” he said.
“If you check the case of Akwa United, I’m very sure we have put a good foundation where even in my absence temporarily, my assistants can go ahead with the job and continue from where we stopped. They can do it very well; I have trust in their abilities and I know they can do it very well in my absence.
“For Golden Eaglets, I have to get the programmes first, talk about the contract with the NFF (Nigeria Football Federation), then; I will know how to combine the two jobs because both sides need me well.
“I don’t think any of the two (teams) will suffer because we’ll put down a programme where we’ll make sure the two sides benefit from my wealth of experience.”
The Akwa United coach takes over the Golden Eaglets coaching role from Manu Garba, who won the Fifa U-17 World Cup in 2013 but failed to qualify the team for the last CAF U-17 AFCON which served as a qualifier for the recently-concluded U-17 World Cup in India.