30 Jun 2017

Nigerian club, Mighty Jets FC in Jos sack 40 players at once


Mighty Jets FC in Jos have sacked 40 players at once out of their 65-man squad for not being able to meet their expectations.

The Jos-based football club which is presently the seventh position in the 13-group Northern Conference of the Nigeria National League (NNL) have likewise marked 10 new players in other to bond their advancement to the upper association.

Affirming their rejection, Mighty Jets' Sporting Director who is also a previous Super Eagles striker, Benedict Akwuegbu revealed to BBC Sports that the football club has "separated the wheats from the chaffs.

"We had a big squad of 65 players, too crowded and unproductive, so we had to release 40 players.
"We only need 35 players for the season and some players were not even registered but training with the club. It was just too much.
"What we've done is retain the ones who have something to offer and bring in ten new players as well. It's like separating wheat from the chaff.
"The atmosphere has changed now and we now have a squad capable of fighting in our tough quest for promotion."

One of the players who was sacked disclosed to BBC Sport that he was not sufficiently given the chance to substantiate or proof himself.

"I comprehend that the group was battling however I didn't generally get a possibility," said the shield, who asked for secrecy.

Another player, likewise talking on condition he is not named, stated, "I believe the club settled on their own choices, however I will ideally return and play against Jets some time or another and demonstrate they weren't right to release me."

Akwuegbu additionally uncovered that the club will even now discharge a few players toward the finish of the season.

"At the present time our odds of advancement is exceptionally thin this season yet we are as yet going to discharge a few players," he said.

"There's no conclusion and you just need the best players to accomplish your objectives and not a major squad."

Mighty Jets were the winners of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) class title in 1972.

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