By Adebayo Williams
El-Kanemi have expressed confidence that their home stadium in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital is safe for their home games. The Desert Warriors only just restored their matches to the stadium following the control of insurgents’ activities in the area by the Nigerian military. The team returned to the stadium in the 2015/16 NPFL season to a rousing turn out by fans.
“Playing at home in Maiduguri gave a breathe of fresh air considering that for three season we were playing away from home. The joy the fans expressed seeing ElKanemi Warriors play at home was overwhelming. It did motivate the team and that in a way resulted to that excellent home record,” manager Baba Ali Jide told Goal.
“We are staying back home next season. Peace has returned to the state so there won’t be need to airlift teams from Abuja again. Plateau United who were our last guest at home last season came to Maiduguri by road and the journey was peaceful.
“Even El-Kanemi Warriors travel by road without any stress. It’s a proof that peace has returned to the state.
With regards to resumption date for pre-season activities, Baba Ali noted that no official date has been set.
“No date has been set for preseason yet but we shall communicate as soon as date has been confirmed.”