Mighty Jets sack 40 players to create space

Mighty Jets

Second tier Nigerian side, Mighty Jets, have fired 40 players from their 65-man squad to “create space”.

Jets, the country’s foremost privately-owned club, won the first edition of the old Nigerian League in 1972.

But ever since, the prestigious club have somewhat slide into obscurity, constantly flirting with the National League.

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The Jos-based outfit haven’t tasted top flight football for over a decade, the reason former international, Benedict Akwuegbu, was brought on board as sporting director.

Now, Akwuegbu has swiftly moved to restore the glory days by axing almost all their current squad for poor performance.

The club’s head coach, Adams Usman, was equally suspended.

Akwuegbu and his new management team have recruited 10 new players in the wake of this.

“But we are now optimistic of the club’s chances of gaining promotion to the (NPFL) at the end of the season,” he was quote by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday.

“The new players will uplift the team spirit as well as hunger for success, two ingredients which were lacking in the team in the first stanza.”

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Akwuegbu added that all departments of the team were considered in the club’s recruitment of players to give the team a balance.

“Two goalkeepers, one central defender, three midfielders and four attackers were recruited,” he said.

Mighty Jets narrowly missed out on promotion to the NPFL after finishing fourth in the Nigeria National League (NNL) last season.