Nigeria Premier League club, Niger Tornadoes have declared 11 players surplus to requirements at the end of their debut performance in the recently-concluded Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The Minna-based side finished in 12th position in the top-flight campaign on 49 points, 14 behind winners Enugu Rangers.
The side, however, retained 19 players while eight were placed on standby and 11 new ones will be added to the work force for the upcoming season.
Tornadoes head Coach, Abubakar Bala said that the decisions were made in good faith, and after a careful review of the team’s performance in the season.
“The report card of the side in the out gone season showed that 11 players have been dropped outright due to low performance, indiscipline and attitudinal problem.
“Though some of the dropped players scored vital goals in the out-gone top-flight, but their behaviours were not in tandem with the team policy.
“Eight players too were placed on transfer or standby. The idea is that if they proved themselves better than the new ones, we will reabsorb them.
“We hope to recruit 11 new players as 19 were retained after the out-gone season’s campaign.
“The management actually awarded high pass mark on our performance in the out-gone top-flight.
“The players are on a three-week break and are expected in camp on 27 October to kick-start pre-season activities,” Bala said.
Bala is expected to be confirmed as technical adviser of the side in the coming weeks to allow him to start preparations for next season.