Head Coach of Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Plateau United, Kennedy Boboye, has vowed to defend the league title the Jos-based team won last season.
Boboye, who spoke to AOIFootball.com in an exclusive interview, said his team will fight and try to avoid a repeat of what happened to Enugu Rangers last season.
“We will fight to retain the league and try to come out positively in the CAF Champions League by not going out early, like other Nigerian representatives have been doing in the past.
“Retaining the title won’t be an easy task because nobody even gave us a chance of winning the league last season, so defending it will even be a much more difficult task for us, but I believe with the additions we are making to the team, we can achieve even more success than last season,” Boboye said.
The former national team player also posited that his team are looking forward to avoid an Enugu Rangers or Leicester-kind of season while believing that Plateau United can play in the finals of the Champions League.
“It’s alarming the way defending champions go to sleep the following season, look at the case of Rangers, Leicester City, Chelsea and even Real Madrid, who are not doing too well this season after their heroics last season. This is something that comes to my mind every time I think ahead of next season, but I believe I am capable of overcoming such a challenge.
“I believe it’s doable to play in the final of the Continental championship if all hands are on deck and we start early preparations and getting players that we think are capable of playing for us, having a good campaign and also playing quality friendly matches”.
Boboye also praised the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, for his continuous efforts in ensuring the team moves to their new stadium soonest.
“We have the backing of the Governor and he is doing everything possible to make sure that we move to our new stadium and play all our games there,” Boboye concluded.