Abdul Maikaba, technical helmsman of NPFL leaders, Plateau United, has handed out a tough order to the players of the Tin City side, placing a travel ban on them, Orient Sports reports.
The travel ban follows the outbreak of the deadly Conovirus Pandemic, with the former Enyimba and Akwa United gaffer asking his players to remain indoors in the aftermath of the suspension of the NPFL and other football or sports related activities not only in the country and continent of Africa but also across the globe.
Maikaba, who is in the second but last season of his initial two years contract with the 2017 NPFL champions, confirmed in Jos that he had mandated all his players to remain in Jos and never to travel out of the city.
“Yes, the league is on break and we do not know when it will resume. So it is important everybody stays around so that if an urgent call comes for the league to resume, we will have all the players around”, Maikaba said.
“However, if there is urgent need for a player to travel, in that case, the management of the club will allow such a player to travel out of Jos for that purpose but with the club’s official driver.
“In the case of my players, I instructed every one to stay in Jos after the organisers of football and the league in the land had stopped the league and instructed for its postponement because of the COVID-19”, he said.
“We have also instructed the players not to enter public buses or vehicles in order to avoid contacting the virus”.
Meantime, a seven man delegation of Plateau United returned to Jos late Monday night from Kano after attending the burial of coach Maikaba’s brother, Mustapha.
The club condoled with coach Abdu Maikaba over the death of his elder brother, Mustapha who passed on last Saturday.
Leader of the 7-man delegation and secretary of the club , Audu Yusuf described the death of Mustapha as shocking, regretting that his death was a great loss not only to the Maikaba family , but to Kano state and the country at large .
Audu noted that the news of Mustapha’s death came to the club as a big shock, considering the fact that Mustapha Maikaba just retired from the Nigeria Immigration and was trying to settle down to a new life with his family.
He prayed for the repose of the soul of the late Mustapha and the club urged the family to accept his demise as an act of God which is a necessary end to all mortals and asked Almighty Allah to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Professor Balarabe Maikaba who responded on behalf of the family, thanked the management of Plateau United for the show of concern, love and brotherliness with the visit, describing it as ‘heart lifting’.
Balarabe who is a renowned Professor of Mass communication at the Bayero University, Kano, praised the management of the club for giving their brother , Abdul, the chance to coach Plateau United, stressing that they have been praying for him to win the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League as a reward for his hard work and commitment to his coaching profession.
He described the deceased as a quiet and unassuming person who was also a philanthropist, adding that his death has created a vacuum that can hardly be filled.
Late Mustapha, 61, was until his death a retired Comptroller of Immigration and was survived by a wife , children and several relations.