By James Anthony, The Sight News
The management of the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Plateau United Football Club of Jos, has noted with grave concern the activities of some ‘mischief makers’ which they said, is capable of derailing the collective aspirations of the team.
In a strongly worded statement signed by the Media Officer of the club, Albert Dakup, the club frowned at the activities of the mischief makers, warning that henceforth, legal action will be taken against them for defamation of character.
He further noted that the management is ready to go to any length on this matter in order to serve as a deterrent to others who may wish to follow the same line.
Dakup lamented that while efforts are being made to galvanise the team to achieve its objectives this season, some ‘enemies of progress’ are busy causing disaffection with their utterances and actions which are capable of bringing disaffection in the team and derailing the genuine efforts of the League Management Company (LMC) and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) who are working hard to improve the league.
The statement wondered where the mischief makers get information of discontent in the team as a result of team selection which is the sole responsibility of the technical crew vested with that mandate.
The statement further noted with dismay the allegation of incompetence levelled against the General Manager, Pius Henwan who not only led the team to two league titles, but repositioned the club as a brand in Nigerian football.
“Discerning minds are left to wonder what the mischief makers seek to achieve with their unfounded and baseless allegations, if not sheer envy of the achievements of the General Manager who has been guided by professionalism since he took over the reigns of the club five years ago”, Dakup said.
On the allegation of incompetence levelled against Coach Abdu Maikaba, the statement states categorically that the former Flying Eagles Assistant Coach is discharging his duties creditably well and management of the club is satisfied.
The Club noted with dismay the allegation of sentiments in selection against some indigenous players stressing that the allegations are not only baseless, but a ploy capable of destabilizing the team as the technical crew pick players for matches based on merit and performance during training sessions.
The statement therefore warned the mischief makers and their sponsors to steer clear of the club, as management of the team will not fold its arms and watch them destroy the team.
The statement equally advised the media to always cross check facts with the team before going to the press in order not to feed the unsuspecting public with half truths and fake news which will not serve any good.