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Taraba Extend Winless Run
It is often said that losing as well as winning can become a habit. Just ask the players and supporters of FC Taraba losing is fast becoming a habit.
The last time the club won a league game this term was back in March 2015.
In two seasons as a top flight team, winless runs have become a regular occurrence.
After a club record of seven winless matches during their top flight debut last term, the club has since moved beyond seven.
The struggling side missed the chance to move out of relegation zone on match day 13 after losing at a resurgent Heartland to extend their winless run to 11 matches this term.
Goals from Bright Ejike and Roland Koffi condemned the Jalingo side to their third consecutive defeat in June.
The club’s poor run last term included four consecutive defeats and eventually picked their first victory in eight matches with a 3-1 victory over Warri Wolves.
Taraba were destined for relegation, but were saved by a win at Sharks on the last day of the season which came as a surprise to bookmakers.
|Nuru Ahmed, one of the Players|
Abdulmalik Mohammed, who scored the goal that salvaged the club’s top flight status continued from where he stopped by scoring one of the three goals on match day one this term.
Supersport.com examines the implication of FC Taraba’s 11-match winless run.
Things have suddenly changed from bad to worse for the club that was on top of the log at the end of March.
After their opening day victory over Enugu Rangers, the side inspired by Bobby Abel claimed an important road trip victory at Akwa United on match day two.
Under23 international, Usman Mohammed finished an Abel effort to record their first away win.
However, Lobi Stars reduced their pace by sharing points in a goalless affair on match day three.
It appears the world has turned against Tony Ogharanduku’s side as they struggle to make things work.
There is no doubt that the remote cause of the club’s dwindling fortune is acute financial problems as players grumble over unpaid wages.
Motivation has reached an all-time low and key players and supersport.com learnt that key players are weighing their options ahead of the mid-season break.
To compound their woes, the team now has to contend with a new home ground in Makurdi away from their traditional fortress in Jalingo due to the poor state of the pitch.
Poor preparation led to their late arrival in Makurdi and events on match day only confirmed the situation on ground.
Ironically, their baptism in Makurdi ended in futility as Wikki Tourists claimed the maximum points.
Apart from its record as the team with the longest winless run, FC Taraba also have the worst defence after 13 matches.
If the situation remains unchanged then the club might be early candidates for relegation.
Week 3: March 21: FC Taraba 0-0 Lobi Stars
Week 4: April 19: Bayelsa United 1-0 FC Taraba
Week 5: April 22: FC Taraba 0-1 Enyimba
Week 6: April 26: Kano Pillars 2-1 FC Taraba
Week 7: May 3: Sharks 2-2 FC Taraba
Week 8: May 10: FC Taraba 3-3 FC Ifeanyi Uba
Week 9: May 17: Giwa 0-0 FC Taraba
Week 10: May 20: FC Taraba 1-1 Dolphins
Week 11: June 14: El-Kanemi Warriors 2-1 FC Taraba
Week 12: June 17: FC Taraba 1-2 Wikki Tourists
Week 13: June 21: Heartland 2-0 FC Taraba