BAFA Chairman Gives The Secrets To Their Success As He Calls On The Fourth Estate To Show More Love


Still relishing their first triumph at the Plateau State Governor’s Cup last week, beating defending Champions, Langtang North, 2-1, the Chairman of Jos South Football Association, Plateau State, Steve Gacha, has given the secrets behind their first triumph since the local government area was created in 1991.

In an exclusive interview with, Steve Gacha detailed the media outfit how they were able to emerge Champions after more than thirty years of trying: “I will first and foremost thank God for making this possible and I will give a big kudos to my Vice Chairman, Joseph Dung for believing in the dream. People keep asking why I made my Vice the Head coach of the local government team, I think I will use this great medium to explain to them. I have tried several coaches but to no avail. One of the coaches that came closest in winning the trophy is former Nigeria International, Sam Pam. He gave his best, winning the bronze medal for us after loosing the final by the whiskers. Having a Vice Chairman that has played the game and gone to coaching school, someone that has played and won this particular competition as a player, I think it’s logical he pilots the team, hence, I brought him on board as the Chief Coach. I gave him the free hands and see what he’s achieved now.”

Steve Gacha continues: “Apart from the fact that he was also supportive financially which it’s always refunded by the local government, he brought a method I so much cherish into the team which is discipline. Joe doesn’t take nonsense from any player. He made discipline his watchword. No matter how good you are if you don’t work with his directives, you have no part in his team. I got alot of reports here and there that Coach Joe is not using some of our star players, but I always tell them that he’s the one in charge of the technical crew and he knows what is good for the progress of the team. And look at the result of which we all are now celebrating.”

Mr. Gacha, who is also a sports journalist himself calls on sports writers in Nigeria to give more to grassroots sports coverage and reportage. In his words: “I want to call on my friends and colleagues in the pen profession to look at the way they can promote grassroots football the more, same or more energy they give to foriegn sports.”

He concludes: “Our dream in Bukuru Amateur Football Association,BAFA, in collaboration with the Plateau State FA and State government, will see the need that having won this trophy, it should be work in progress by seeing some of these boys linked to play for the likes of Plateau United FC, Mighty Jets and other professional clubsides both home and abroad. My dream has always been seeing boys from my local government getting to the top of their professional career and hence, football in the local government will be an envy to other local government areas in the State and in the nation at large.”



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