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Published On: Wed, Feb 19th, 2014

‘Why NIMC recruited 30 players for 2013/14 season’

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The NIMC FC of Abuja yesterday said it recruited 30 fresh players ahead of the 2013/2014 Nigeria Nationwide League (NNWL) due to lack of commitment of the old players.

NIMC Secretary Fawe Kehinde said in Abuja that the management’s decision was to ensure promotion to the Nigeria Nation League (NNL) after this season.

“The performance of the boys last season was not encouraging at all, and so, the management was so furious because the boys were not fully committed.

“So, we decided to take action by signing-on an entirely new set of young and dedicated players.

“We recruited 30 players and added only about three or four of the old players to the new team,’’ Kehinde said.

He added that the club had also hired Mansur Abdullahi as the new head coach of the club, adding that his performance would be assessed from the season’s opening day.

“Our expectation is to go all out for a win, come Saturday when we play our week one away match.

“The boys are all in good physical condition and have been mentally, technically and tactically prepared for the opening game by the coach,’’ he said.

NAN reports that NIMC will lock horns with Magajin Rafi United FC of Kebbi on their first match of the season on Feb. 20 in Birnin Kebbi.

The secretary said that the club’s goal was to pick one of the two tickets for promotion to the NNL.

“The management of the club is fully committed to achieve something great this season.

“We have made a commitment to pay both the technical crew and the players their salaries, match bonuses and Daily Transport Allowances (DTAs) on a regular basis.

“We want to keep them motivated financially and otherwise in a bid to ensure that there are no excuses for poor performances when the season begins,’’ he said.

According to him, the club has also insured the players in accordance with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF’s) mandatory comprehensive insurance policy for all football clubs.


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