Plateau United place players on half salary after poor start



Abba Gwale

Former Nigerian Premier League champion, Plateau United, has placed the entire team on half salary following their poor start in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, after going down two-nil to Kwara United of Ilorin at the new Jos stadium.

The General Manager of the club, Pius Henwan, gave the directive while addressing players and coaches and other staff.

He explained that the team have no excuse not to beat Kwara United, stressing that their performance during the match was not acceptable and they should concentrate more as the season has just started.

Henwan lamented that despite the state government’s huge investment on the team, the players are not reciprocating the gesture.

He also warned that anybody who is not ready to work for the collective aspirations of the team will be shown the way out.

“Plateau United is a big brand in Nigerian football and any of you who is not ready to defend the colours of the club, should just bore out”. Henwan said.

He added that, “Some of you are injured or sick since we returned from Tanzania, but it seems others decided to exclude themselves from training under the guise of been injured.

“Such indiscipline will not be condoned here and anyone found wanting will be decisively dealt with.”

Furthermore, the General Manager disclosed that the team must recoup the three points in their next away match (against Wikki Tourists) on the 3rd of January, 2021) and until that is achieved, the players will remain on half salary.

While meeting separately with the technical crew and other backroom staff of the team at the clubhouse, Mr. Henwan urged them to close ranks and work as a team to change the fortunes of the team.

Henwan who expressed confidence in the ability of the head coach Abdu Maikaba to deliver, encouraged him to take all necessary measures to return the team to winning ways as quickly as possible.

He assured the head coach that management will continue to give him the maximum support to enable him to succeed and encouraged him not to be deterred by the negative criticisms from detractors, but rather see it as a challenge that is surmountable.

Head coach of the team, Abdu Maikaba said he is ready to step aside if he is found to be the problem of the team, saying that all the criticisms directed at him are unfair and baseless.

It will be recalled that Plateau United lost 2-0 to Kwara United of Ilorin at the New Jos Stadium on Sunday, in one of the Week One fixtures of the NPFL played across the country over the weekend.

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