Taraba safe for foot­ball –FC Taraba

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee

Of­fi­cials of FC Taraba have rub­bished claims that Taraba State and par­tic­u­larly Jalingo is not safe for Nigeria Pre­mier League matches.

The dis­missal, ac­cord­ing to the club is in re­ac­tion to in­for­ma­tion that Ranger FC of Enugu has re­quested the League Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (LMC) to move away their weekend league match from Jalingo due to in­se­cu­rity in Taraba state.

FC Taraba Tech­ni­cal Ad­viser, Ndubuisi Nduka, said the claim by Rangers FC is out of to­tal mis­chief and meant to cre­ate un­nec­es­sary ten­sion.

“I am sur­prise at the claim by Rangers that there is in­se­cu­rity in Jalingo. Jalingo is one of the most peace­ful state cap­i­tals in the North, and this is to­tally un­called for by Rangers to de­mand mov­ing away our home match on that ex­cuse.

“Even the lit­tle cri­sis that is hap­pen­ing in Taraba is at the boundary be­tween Taraba and Benue and it is not close to the cap­i­tal city to war­rant such de­mand. We have been trav­el­ling to and fro other states for our matches and just last week Giwa FC came all the way from Port-Har­court to Jalingo and noth­ing hap­pened.

“We are just re­turn­ing from Akure and it was that road we and our play­ers passed through. If they claim that our match be moved be­cause of a prob­lems in the vil­lages of Taraba, they might as well say that Lobi Stars matches be moved from Benue be­cause there are cri­sis in some vil­lages in Benue. We should not go to that ex­tent be­cause we want three points by ev­ery means,” Nduka stated.

He there­fore en­joined the LMC not to al­low such an­tics to prompt them into shift­ing the venue of the match.

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