The Technical Director, Plateau United FC of Jos, Coach Ahmed Ibrahim, has said the N500,000 special match-winning bonus initiated by the club is an extra motivation to get a continental ticket.
Ibrahim, who spoke through Albert Dakup, the Club’s Media Officer, on Saturday in Jos, said that the special bonus would last for the first four matches of the Nigeria Professional Football League season.
Dakup said: “It is an extra motivation in our quest to pick a continental ticket at the end of the season.
“Initially management was planning N100,000 for home win and N150,000 for away win, but it decided on N500,000 because of our dream of playing in the continental competition next season.”
He said the special bonus introduced by the club this season would not affect the normal bonus given by the club, which is N20,000 to each player for every home win and N40,000 for away matches.
According to Dakuo, each player, who emerged the most valuable in any fixture will go home with the sum of N20,000 after the match.
The technical director said the special bonus coming from a foreign sponsor was a deliberate step to ensure that the club surpassed its present form in the league.
He said the motivation helped the team to pick the maximum points from the first match of the season which was away to Demo Stars.
According to him, Plateau United followed the first win with another against Enyimba International FC of Aba and the club now occupies the top spot on the NPFL league table.
The technical director, who is responsible for nurturing Super Eagles Vice Captain, Ahmed Musa, to stardom, revealed that efforts were on to attract more sponsors for the team to complement government sponsorship.
Ibrahim, who is also the proprietor of Golden Boots Soccer Academy, Bukuru, noted that the Management of the club was ready to go to any length to ensure that the team lacked nothing as they intensified efforts to end the season on a high note.
He appealed to soccer fans on the Plateau and other critical stakeholders to rally round the club under the General Manager, Pius Henwan, to achieve the dream of playing continental football next season.
The technical director said that the club could only reciprocate the good gesture of Governor Simon Lalong, who had assured the team of maximum support by picking the continental ticket.