Head coach of Katsina United, Bala Nikyu has said the club do not fancy any ambition of emerging champions in their first season in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). He however was quick to assure their fans that the newly-promoted side will play to ensure they are not relegated at the end of the season. Katsina United, a former powerhouse of the elite league of Nigeria in the 1990’s returned to the top league at the end of last season after over a decade in the lower ranks. Nikyu, who guided the club to win the playoff tourney and emerge overall champions of the Nigeria National League (NNL) said they intend to approach the elite division with the same spirit that saw them through in the second tier. “We’ve recruited the players we need and we are set for the NPFL challenge. We will fight to survive and maintain our NPFL status; that will be our first target before we set our sights on getting a place on the continent which isn’t impossible,” Nikyu began. Katsina United at some point changed name to Spotlight FC, and have in the past finished as runners-up in the Federation Cup. Nikyu continued: “Every team that is in the league must be respected whether they are new entrants or old horses, so no team should underrate us as we could be spoilers. We have an exciting pool of young players that form the bulk of our team.” Katsina United will start life again in the NPFL with a home fixture against fellow returnees, Gombe United on January 15 and Nikyu is confident his team will begin on a winning note. “We know Gombe United and we intend to start our return to the elite division with a win, so Gombe United will be our first victim, I assure you,” concluded Nikyu, a former national women’s U-17 team coach.
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