Abdul Fagge Maikabi, Head Coach, Plateau United FC

Following the controversy that marred the easing of the lockdown on football activities in Nigeria, Coach of Plateau United FC of Jos, Abdullahi Maikaba has sent a passionate appeal to the authorities to speed up the process, in order to allow teams involved in CAF inter-club competitions start preparations in earnest, reports.

In an exclusive chat with, the former Wikki Tourists FC and Akwa United FC gaffer, cited the need for early preparation, adding that CAF cannot alter its calendar for the new season because of Nigeria, hence the need for the authorities to act fast.

“As a matter of urgency, we appeal to the Government and relevant authorities to ease the lockdown on football, especially as it has to do with the country’s representatives in CAF clubs’ Championships, said the Kano State born soccer tactician.

“As it is right now, there are no signs that football activities will resume any time soon, and early preparation is very vital in the pursuit of success in football.

“In your preparation, anything you do outside the field, you still have to put finishing touches to it inside the field of play,” Maikaba said.

It would be recalled that the country’s football went into oblivion since March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the continued lockdown on football, teams have not resumed preparations for the new season, especially those on the continent and the 2017 Aiteo Cup winner with Akwa United FC suggests that waivers be given to the country’s representatives in both the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup to commence preparations.

“One of the ways the Federal Government can help us is to give the country’s representatives the go-ahead to commence preparations for the new CAF season.

“By ensuring that all the members of the affected teams are COVID-19-free, they can be kept in isolation to start their preparations.

“The impact our teams would eventually make in the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup will be highly dependent on the quality of preparations they get,” Maikaba concluded.