Plateau United coach Abdu Maikaba does not think the support enjoyed by newcomers Jigawa Golden Stars at their adopted home ground at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano will stop his team from claiming all three points on Matchday 2 of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday.
Newcomers Jigawa Golden Stars who normally play in Dutse, have adopted the traditional home ground of heavyweights Kano Pillars as their base for the season and would hope their reasonably large following at their temporary home can help them secure a maiden league win after the 2-1 loss at Wikki Tourists on the opening weekend.
Maikaba, whose side started the season in style with a 3-1 trouncing of Lobi Stars in Jos last Sunday, however, contends that regardless of venue, Plateau United would always seek all three points against Rabiu Tata’s side.
The former Akwa United coach believes his team have demonstrated their ability to win in Kano with their recent win over Kano Pillars in a pre-season game at the same venue and says having defeated the substantive owners of the arena, a victory against the tenants shouldn’t prove too daunting.
“Anywhere we play, football is football. We’ll work hard we’ll try to get the three points even if they’re playing in Dutse, we’ll go and present a team and play,” Maikaba said.
“But, even in Kano, I’m happy it’s a neutral ground but Jigawa, Kano is their home, in their mind, they know that it’s their home but remember of recent we beat Kano Pillars in Kano so if we can beat Kano Pillars in Kano I don’t think we can not beat Jigawa.”