Wikki Tourists FC is a Nigerian football club based in Bauchi, Nigeria. The club currently plays in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the country’s highest level of professional club football.
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Wikki Tourists FC History
A group of people who were passionate about football and lived in what is now the states of Bauchi and Gombe got together in 1992 and petitioned the government at the time to create a state football team. At the time, the Old Bauchi State comprised of the present-day states of Bauchi and Gombe.
The end result of that presentation was the formation of the Wikki Tourist Football Club. It has been documented that Ambassador Senator Haruna Garba, also known as the Magayaki of Gombe, Captain Guloba Hardawa, Gidado Mu’azu, and Muhammad Baba Duri were the stakeholders who collaborated to present their arguments in favor of the football club to the Military Administrator at the time, Col Abu Ali. The Wikki Tourist Football Club was called after a tourist warm spring water side in the Yankari National Park located few kilometers from the Bauchi Metropolis.
The Wikki Spring Water Pool can be found in the Wikki Spring Water Pool. Wikki Tourists have achieved a great deal of success throughout their history, the majority of which has been at the state level, where they have won a record 13 FA Cup trophies between the years 1998 and 2019. They are also known as Giants Elephant, which is derived from the presence of elephants in the Yankari National Park. However, the club has also been successful at the national level, as it was able to claim victory in the nation’s oldest cup competition in 1998. The championship match consisted of a penalty shootout, in which Plateau United, the club’s regional opponent, was defeated.
In 1999, 2008, and 2017, the club competed in the CAF Confederation Cup, which is the second-highest level of competition on the African continent. However, in each of those years, they were eliminated before moving on to the subsequent stages of the seasons. They finished in third place in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) during the 2016–2017 season under the direction of the late Coach Abdullahi Maikaba, which was their highest result in the league.
The Wikki Tourists have also had a difficult time in the NPFL, as they have been demoted twice, once in 2010 and again in 2013. On the other hand, they were victorious in the lower Nigeria National League (NNL), which allowed them to return to the NPFL in 2011. Notable players for the Wikki Tourists include Patrick Paschal, who is currently the Chairman of the Bauchi State Football Association, and Iliya Yahaya, who holds the record for most goals scored in a single club season. Mustapha Ibrahim, a junior international, and Yakubu Yankari, the club captain with the longest tenure, are the other two members of this team.
Wikki Tourists FC Stadium
Abubarkar Tafawa Balewa Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Bauchi, Nigeria. It is the primary venue for football matches at the moment and serves as the home turf for the Wikki Tourists football team. The stadium was opened in 1985 and was given its current name, Tafawa Balewa Stadium, in honor of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister. The stadium has a capacity of 11,000.
At the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which was held in Nigeria, Abubarkar Tafawa Balewa Stadium was one of the 8 venues that were used. The stadium hosted three matches throughout the tournament. The first game of the tournament, which took place in the group stage and featured Nigeria and Argentina, had a total attendance of 11,467 spectators.
A world-class FIFA standard scoreboard, an LED display and energy saving floodlights, an electronic scoreboard, Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) for security surveillance, and an ultra-modern media center are some of the distinguishing elements of the stadium. In addition to that, it features a swimming pool with ten lanes and Olympic proportions.