Our darling team, Plateau United FC maintained its premier league status at the end of the outgone season, for the first time in so many years after several attempts. Many thanks to veteran coach, Zachary Baraje who had to walk away for reasons yet to be disclosed to the Nigerian football family. We wish one day he’ll let the cat out of the bag.
The 2015/2016 NPFL season for this Jos based side was filled with sugar and lemonade such as; posting some poor results, home and away even though no game was lost at home. Registering two wins on the road against the likes of Abia Warriors FC and MFM FC was the hallmark of our positive achievements last season. Draws away to teams like Shooting Stars, Ikorodu United Heartland FCs served as morale booster while the draws at home against Sunshine Stars, MFM, Abia Warriors, El Kanemi Warriors and Akwa Utd almost let us down.
Coach Kennedy Boboye is just about a month old on the job, and the team is in middle of a pre season tour of Abeokuta, the Capital of Ogun State. The question is, will the team’s performance in the coming season supersede that of the previous? Will the average Jos fan be satisfied with the fact that a coach led the team to an unprecedented finish of 8th position in the league and was allowed to go without any form of persuasion to consolidate on the team he started building so far. Perhaps, the Management of this side needs to do some explanations.
The exit of goalkeeper, Danladi Isah leaves so much to be desired, as he was responsible for our first clean sheet of last season, after ten match days. He went ahead to maintain territorial integrity by posting twelve clean sheets for the whole season. The average fan of this great side has placed great expectations on Isah’s successor, John Gaadi. At least, we expect him to guard well, but if we are to calliberate, the Predecessor is head and shoulder above the Successor.
The latest appointment of a technical director by the acting General Manager is what we would definitely not rejoice over. Duplication of duties or role at the helm of affairs in any team is surely a sparnner in the wheel of progress. We pray we don’t experience conflict of interests at the end of the day; we hope roles have been clearly spelt out.
Finally, a team that finished 8th on the log in the previous season retains only 18 out of its 35 registered players, does that confirm the fact that only 17 players were actually giving their best in the course of the season? One or two of the players must have left the club in search of greener pastures, that should not support the fact that almost half of a team that finished strong last season are laid off because they are surplus to requirement.
Until we come your way next time with a more interesting piece, we urge to stay United
By Chijioke Henry