We came to expose the boys to what they would likely meet in the Nigeria Professional Football League. So there was no pressure on us to win the competition,” Ilechukwu told Goal.
It wasn’t a do or die affair. Although as a coach I came there to win but unfortunately we couldn’t.
We need very strong, experienced and matured players in all the departments of the team namely: the defense, midfield and the attack so that we don’t come to Premier League and go back to the Nigeria National League where we came from immediately,” he continued.
This is very essential because a lot people are expecting good things from this team. So we cannot afford to disappoint our general overseer, the club’s management and our numerous fans across the globe.
I have already dropped 16 players before coming to Abuja for the NNL Super Four competition, though still paying their salaries. The Management is magnanimous enough to still pay their salaries because of their families pending the time they will find other clubs to play for. For now we are planning to sign at least 40 to 50 percent of NPFL players.
In as much as the Club Management is paying good salaries and bonuses to the players of the team, but on one condition that we can let a star player go to another club is that if any of our star players here said he wants to go to Enyimba, Rangers, Kano Pillars or Shooting Stars but if we cannot pay what these clubs are paying, then the player should go.
What we do is that if our player wants to go based on salary issues we will let him go and look or a quality replacement for him,” he concluded.