Umuahia - Management of Abia Warriors FC has given the coaches and players of the team an ultimatum to win their next three Glo Premier League matches or be ready to collect only half of their monthly salary.
The ultimatum was coming at the heels of Warriors’ second home loss of the season as champions, Kano Pillars won 1-0 in Umuahia last weekend.
During an emergency meeting which was convened at the club’s secretariat in Umuahia to review the lost match, and also attended by Board members and the Technical Crew, management expressed displeasure that the club has lost twice in only five home games, insisting that the club’s fortunes must improve henceforth.
Speaking, club Chairman, Emeka Inyama said Abia Warriors have no reason not to do well since the welfare of the players and officials have been properly taken care of.
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“As we speak, we are not owing any of you. Your salary has been paid regularly so you don’t have any reason not to perform well,” an obviously disappointed Inyama told the technical crew.
According to him, only half of their salary will henceforth be paid to them unless they win their next three league games insisting that there will be no going back on the decision.
Inyama urged the technical crew to strengthen all weak areas in the team to make them more competitive adding that the Warriors did well in its premier League debut season and is expected to improve on that.
He reminded the coaches that they were given a free hand to recruit the player they felt could deliver the goods as management never interfered in their selection, and wondered why the team could not hold its own against the defending champions.
Responding, the Technical Adviser of the team, Isa Ladan Bosso on behalf of his crew and the players apologised for the loss against his former employers and attributed it to ill-luck.
“We dominated the match and created more goal scoring opportunities than Pillars but the goals simply refused to come,” he said.
Bosso however promised that the team will perform better in its subsequent matches.
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