For refusing to pay players and officials their 11 months salaries, relegation threatened FC Taraba will risk six points deduction by League Management Company, LMC should the club management fail to clear the backlog on or before Monday next week.
LMC had two months ago issued a warning to the Jalingo-based side over continued non-payment of their owed salaries.
As at the time of filling this report, both players and officials mainly, Muslims, were groaning with empty stomach without cash to participate in Sallah celebration amid uncertainty over when the state government, owners of the club would eventually pay.
However, an official of the team who pleaded anonymity to Nigerian Pilot Sports said that their series of poor outings in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL was due to lack of funding right from the beginning of the season.
This he said has led the club to struggle to honour their matches.
Nigerian Pilot Sports equally gathered that, for fear of losing six points which would certainly compound the club’s relegation woes, there are plans by Darius Ishaku-led government to pay players few owed months, a decision which will not still salvage the situation even as players plan to commence strike.
“The government is planning to only pay players and leave out officials. That is also against LMC mandate and will not prevent the strike,” a top official declared.
FC Taraba, sitting second in the bottom of the log, narrowly escaped extinction from the nation’s top flight league last season.


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