Nasarawa United have started preparations for life in the Nigeria Premier League as they have sacked 20 players who the management said are surplus to requirements.
Officials of the Lafia-based outfit felt that the only way they can have a headway in their plans to have a good season in the NPL is to weed out players to make way for new boys that will strengthen the team.
Club chairman Isaac Danladi told Goal.com that they decided to show the players the way out because they did not measure up to standard in the National League.
"We don't want to carry too much players in the Premier League and since we had over 40 players last season, we reduced the number so that we can plan with what we have.
"We retained 23 players and nine of the players are still on probation. We have started recruiting players for the Premier League and the fact that we retained 23 players will certianly give us an edge because we are not going to have any problem with blending of the old and new players.
"We identified some players when we played in the National League and when they come back from their two weeks break.
"I am confident that we are going to get it right in the Nigeria Premier League because we have all the wherewithal to challenge for the League title because we are sure of good financial backing fromm the Nasarawa State Government," Danladi said.
Nasrawa United gained promotion alongside Nembe City, Bayelsa United and El-Kanemi.