Monday, May 16

EXCLUSIVE!!! Coach Maikaba Kicks Against Mgt’s Decision To Slash Players Salary

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Plateau United Players in one of their outings

Frankie Omokhua

Plateau United Coach, Abdul Maikaba, has disassociated himself from the decision of the club’s Management to slash the salary of the players following their 2-0 home loss against Kwara United in one of the opening games of the new Nigeria Professional Football League season decided on Sunday.

The General Manager of Plateau United, Pius Henwan, had on Monday ordered the reduction in the players salary by 50% through a statement issued by the Media Officer, Albert Dakup, because of the defeat.

But, in an exclusive chat with Sports Arena on Monday evening, Coach Maikaba disclosed that the action was inimical to the aspirations of the club.

“I’m even trying to convince the GM to withdraw that statement. I don’t think it will work for us. Maybe, tomorrow (Tuesday) he will talk to them”.

“I told the GM that it’s not the right decision. I also told him to forget about the statement and tell the world that he was only asking the players to step up their game”. “The action is not going to be possible because the same scenario had happened before and I convinced to withdraw the statement. But, I know it was out of annoyance”.

Speaking on the way forward and what is needed to boost the morale of the players for better productivity, the former Enyimba handler hinted that he has held talks with the players where he assured them not to be worried about the action of the management.

“I have discussed with the players and assured them that nothing will happen to them and they should continue with their job”.

“Fortunately, there is nothing like that in their contract and I don’t believe that things will happen like that. Even when the GM to them that the decision is pending, and when they improve their salaries will be given back to them, I rejected it and said no one has the right to touch their salaries at the end of the month because it is their right”, concluded Maikaba.

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