By TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN
General Manager of Plateau United Football Club, Pius Henwan, has charged his players that a win against former champions, Kano Pillars in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League match day 13 fixture is non-negotiable.
Henwan who stated this while addressing the players shortly after their Thursday training session at Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos noted that a victory in the encounter is crucial to the team’s target of picking a continental ticket at the end of the season.
He explained that the State Governor, Simon Lalong who has been passionate about the team this season has promised a surprise package if they can overcome their very illustrious opponent who now occupy the third spot on the league table with 20 points.
The General Manager restated management commitment towards motivating them with surprise welfare packages and appealed to them to reciprocate the gesture by recording a convincing victory over Kano Pillars.
Henwan while emphasising the significance of Day 13 encounter, disclosed that picking the three maximum ppoints will be a morale booster ahead of the Day 14 fixture against MFM FC in Lagos which is going to be a live match.
The Peace Boys who dropped two points at home last week after being held to a goaless draw by neighbours, Lobi Stars of Makurdi, last week Wednesday are poised for an improved performance as they ambush the former league champions in a top of the table clash this Sunday.
Plateau United played on the continent in 1993 when they represented Nigeria in the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup and are now topping the league table with 22 points from 12 matches, one more than closest challengers, Elkanemi Warriors of Maiduguri who are second on the log.
Plateau United also carried the country,s flag in the defunct CAF Winners Cup in 2000 after breaking the jinx of winning the then National Challenge Cup in 1999.