Troubled FC Taraba players were on Tuesday paid two of their 11-month salaries by the financiers, Taraba state government.
The financiers could not muster enough cash to offset the bill as agreed with the governor last week, but asked the distraught players to come back on Tuesday for the February and March 2015 salaries.
The Commissioner for Youth and Sports personally supervised the cash payment to the players with some ministry personnel in attendance.
The women football team, FC Taraba Queens, were also paid for two months’ worth of salaries. The players of the mainstream side slept in the open for 11 days while peacefully protesting over the nonpayment of their salaries.
However, only players who played a full season in the 2014/15 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season received the two months’ salaries as opposed to those who joined the Jalingo outfit mid-season who got just one month worth of salaries — the same as players who played the first round before seeking greener pastures elsewhere.
The players were however not told when the outstanding salaries would be paid as they left for their respective homes.
An unnamed player said they were helpless in the whole situation, but happy that at least there is little cash in their hands right now.
“The truth is that everybody needed the money; no matter how small it is, at least it’s better than nothing so the issue of whether one is happy or not does not arise at the moment.
“We would have been very happy if the government had paid at least half of outstanding salaries as the two months’ worth of salaries cannot go far to clear the accumulated debts.
“Nothing has been mentioned on the outstanding nine months whether it will be paid or not or if so, when,” said the unnamed player to supersport.com.
FC Taraba was demoted to the second tier league — Nigeria National League (NNL) — together with Kwara United, Sharks and Bayelsa United at the end of the outgoing NPFL season. Source: Supersport.com