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Plateau United FC players, technical crew placed on “no work no pay”, half salaries

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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 the side suffered its 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, stated 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 the 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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I’m really grateful to our fans, Messi speaks after netting hat-trick

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Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi, was given a standing ovation by Real Betis supporters, after scoring his 33rd La Liga hat trick in their 4-1 win at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday.

Messi opened the scoring with a free kick and added the second before the break after a brilliant Luis Suarez assist.

He completed his treble late on with an exquisite chip, after Suarez and Loren Moron had exchanged goals.

The third Messi strike, which killed off any late hopes of a Betis comeback, drew an ovation from the home supporters which the Argentine international says he has never previously experienced.

“I don’t ever remember a night like this [being applauded by rival supporters].

“I’m really grateful for the way the fans responded. I honestly don’t remember an ovation like that [from rival fans],” Messi told Movistar.

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Sadio Mane top highest goal scorer in Premier League

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Following the conclusion of match-day 31 of the English Premier League, EPL, on Sunday, below are the current highest goal scorers chasing the Golden Boot in the English top-flight league.

Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane scored in his side’s 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday to take his tally to 17 goals so far this season.

Everton stars, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison scored in their side’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday to take their tallies to 12 goals each.

See top 20 of Premier League highest goal scorers so far below:

18 gaols: Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

17 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenaham), Sadio Mane (Liverpool).

15 goals: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

13 goals: Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

12 goals: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Raúl Jiménez (Wolves), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Richarlison (Everton), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).

11 goals: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Joshua King (Bournemouth), Glenn Murray (Brighton).

10 goals: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

Meanwhile, the match-day 32 of the English Premier League will resume coming weekend.

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Dogo explains as Sunshine Stars FC held to goalless draw in Akure by Enyimba

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Sunshine Star Football Club of Akure have played a goalless draw with Enyimba International Football Club of Aba in the match 11 of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, at the Akure Township Stadium.

The week 11 fixture saw the Enyimba team doing most of the defensive playing, while the Akure-based team, Sunshine Stars FC’s strikers could not prove their potency within the box 18 of the Aba team after series of chances.

Reacting after the match which saw his team drop two points at home, the Sunshine Stars FC coach, Kabiru Dogo, who described the performance of his boys as not too good, disclosed that it was due to logistic problems within the club.

“As a coach, I’m not happy for the outcome of the match, as you can see my team played one of their best games today but we could not get the goals in the area of attacking, because football is all about goals, I could not say we did well, we didn’t do well, but there is room for improvement.

“We had opportunities to bring in new strikers into the team but due to some problems and logistics within the club, we had to manage what we have,” the Sunshine coach stated.

On his own part, the Head Coach of Enyimba International FC, Usman Abd’allah, who lauded his team’s spirit at getting the deserving one point away from home, maintained that it will help in boosting the mental stability of his boys in subsequent fixtures.

“A draw is a good one for us, even though we came here for the three points because the last two away matches because we were able to grab two point each from that match. But we thought we are going to get our first three away points but we had one point, it’s okay.

“At this moment, we are one step ahead because we are now picking up because the away points we have been getting is helping in replacing those we have lost. It’s a recovery of what we lost against Lobi Stars.

“I like the result and the fighting spirit of my boys,” Usman stated.

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