Being named Wikki captain astonished me, says Guda

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At only 18, Idris Guda became the captain of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi barely four seasons after teaming up with the Big Elephants.

But his rise to stardom in no distance time was due to determination and hard work.

“I started playing football since when I was in the primary school; I played inter classes competition and I played a lot of competitions throughout my secondary school days,” Guda told NationSport.

“ After my secondary school, I traveled abroad for my Diploma in Dubai and many people thought I had already started playing professional football in Dubai but I was just playing for my school team there.

So when I came back around 2013, I was invited to Wikki Tourists feeder team but I refused rather, I joined a local team in Bauchi –Marafa United- from there I moved to Wikki Tourists Junior team in 2014.”

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After few months at Wikki Feeder team, coach Abdu Maikaba who was in charge of Wikki Tourists at the time saw quality in him and gave him a chance to play in the main team.

He continued: “We had a Federation Cup final in Bauchi between Wikki Feeder team and Wikki Tourists FC, I played very well in that match and I was invited to the main team. Fortunately the coach likes me very well and he said I should join the team.

“It has been a successful journey for me, and seriously I have been improving year-by-year. My first season, I didn’t catch up with the way they are playing in the league so I didn’t perform well.

“ I was given another chance in the second season, and from there I started learning. I came on as a substitute even though some people believed I can play ninety minutes but the coach insisted that I was still young and I needed to learn more before I started playing full time. But in the following year, he started giving me chance in the starting lineup,” he added.

At the start of 2018/2019 season, Guda was handed the team’s captainship armband following the departure of the captain Abdullahi Musa to Kano Pillars.

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