The coach of Nigeria Professional Football League side Plateau United, Abdul Maikaba has stated the factors mitigating the performance of his team this season.
According to BSN Sports, the gaffer said that the non availability of enough funds as well as psychological problem that faced the club earlier in the season were responsible for the Plateau state team’s under performance.
“Actually the problem started from seasons preparations, we tried to have a good preparations at that time the club lacked fund and it was very difficult to go out of Jos with the team.
“There were some pre season competitions and we are not able to partake because money was not available at that time but we tried to keep the team playing some friendly games with smaller teams in Jos and I believed it was not enough.
“And when we started the league we started poorly we played 0-0 against Ifeanyi Ubah and that result failed to meet high expectations of Plateau United supporters. Not knowing the implications of their actions, instead of encouraging the team, they started fighting and it ended in banishing us.
“We struggled all through that banishment because we were traveling long distance for matches, we are playing home away from home.
“So, we spent about 6 weeks outside Jos, the team during this time also faced financial difficulties at that time, but gradually the team started picking points and trying to catch up and anytime we play in Jos, then team is always under pressure.
“In view of this I invited a psychologist to come and talk to them, on confidence and fear of the unknown during our games in Jos.
“I hope this Sunday we will overcome the psychological problem and I hope we can overcome it, we will get a good result. It’s not too late.” He concluded
If you look at it mathematically, the top team is 10 points ahead of us, though it’s difficult, but we can be among the top 3 that will qualify from that group.
Out 9 games remaining, if we can have a good run for 6-8 weeks we will there at the top, I hope we can overcome the psychological trauma,” he said.