Coach of Wikki Tourists, Abdul Maikaba is widely tipped as an assistant coach of the Super Eagles.
Maikaba has been one of the most consistent coaches in the Nigeria League and was on the verge of heading the golden eaglets this year before Manu Garba made a u-turn and agreed to take up the post.
Maikaba has previously handled Enyimba and Kano Pillars.
Despite running on a shoe-string budget, the physics graduate has guided Wikki to the top of the league with 41 points from 23 matches.
Last season, the Bauchi club narrowly missed out on continental football to Nasarawa United.