By Andrew Huboshi, Jos
The Management of former Nigeria Professional Football League Champion, Plateau United Football Club of Jos has placed its players on ‘No Work No Pay’ after it suffered it’s first home defeat in three years.
The Club also said aside from the “no work no pay” rule, the players and technical crew are to be placed on half salaries until the fortunes of the club improve.
The Club through its Media Officer, Albert Dakup, said they must win their next match against Abia Warriors in Umuahia or at least secure a draw.
Albert said, “Aside from the no work no pay rule, the players and technical crew will be placed on half salaries until the fortunes of the club improve.
“General Manager of the Club, Pius Henwan stated the management’s position to the team.
According to him, ” The management said the decision became necessary in view of the manner of the home loss on Match Day 10 against visiting Kada City FC which is unacceptable to the government and people of Plateau State.
The management who expressed displeasure with the lacklustre performance of the team during the midweek tie, noted that the measures will remain until the team gets the three points they lost at home from an away game.
He further explained that for management to take them seriously, “they must win their next match against Abia Warriors in Umuahia or at least a draw in order to recoup the lost points”.
“Having worked so hard to ensure the prompt payment of their salaries and other entitlements, the state government who are sole financiers of the team and the people of Plateau State deserve more than what they are getting from the team”, he maintained.
He noted that management has concluded arrangement to drop unproductive players who have not exhibited professionalism, commitment and hard work to the cause of the team at the end of the first round.
The management further stated that as a team, they must collectively achieve the goals and objectives set up for the team at the start of the season which is to pick a continental ticket.
“Wednesday’s defeat, which was the first for the team since their return to the top flight of Nigeria football over three years ago, has put the team in an unfamiliar position on the NPFL Group B table.
It would be recalled that Plateau United was banished from the New Jos Stadium after their fans attacked centre referee, Sam Agba following the team’s goalless draw against visiting FC Ifeanyi Uba of Nnewi in a matchday one fixture last month.
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