Club chairman solicits support as Taraba FC seeks to avoid relegation

FC Taraba and Sunshine Stars battling for points during a recent league game.

FC Taraba and Sunshine Stars battling for points during a recent league game.

Chairman of FC Taraba Football Club, Daniel Ishaya Gani, has called on all stakeholders in the club to join in the quest to save the team from relegation.

Gani, who is optimistic that the club could avoid going down, adds, however, that the team would only survive if the needed incentives were made available to the players.

Speaking in his office located at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, along Mile Six in Jalingo, Gani said, “I am calling on the government of the state, well to do individuals and the football fans to give us all the needed support to escape relegation.”

Although he is sad that he was drafted into the team at the 11th hour, he vowed not to leave any stone unturned to save the club from relegation.

Gani, who said, “I was appointed at the time the club is in a critical position in the Glo Premier League. That is when the club is left with only six matches,” decried the attitude of some referees in the league.

Decrying the ‘ill attitude’ of some center referees, especially the one that officiated the match between Taraba FC and Nasarawa FC on Wednesday, which resulted to the disruption of the game before the regulation time, he stressed the need for the leadership of the referees to discipline ‘the bad eggs in their midst.’

On the crisis generated by the non-payment of the players’ salaries and allowances, he said the issue would be resolved. “As soon as the bailout fund is ready I am certain that the government will pay them,” he added.

The team is currently occupying the last spot at on the league table, a situation, which Gani believes could change if the players were better motivated.

The Guardian recalls that Taraba FC is among the clubs recently listed by the LMC as toying with the welfare of their players.

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