Following the failure of Ibadan based football club, Shooting Star to secure promotion ticket back to the Nigerian Professional Football League, the Oyo State Ministry of Youth and Sport has organized an emergency stakeholders’ meeting to restrategise for the future.
The disappointment as a result of defeat the team suffered from the hand of Akwa Starlet in the play off, led to the club’s General Manager, Rashidi Balogun, Team Manager, Dimeji Lawal and Head Coach, Edith Agoye to resign their positions.
The meeting presided over by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Olubisi Olagoke had in attendance, representatives from Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Oyo State Sports Council, Oyo State Football Association and other major football stakeholders in the state.
Mrs. Adegoke assured all supporters of 3SC both at home and in diaspora that the state government would rekindle the confidence they have in the Club.
She added that all the recommendations have been forwarded to the governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for approval.
Meanwhile, the House of Assembly Committee on Youth and Sport has promised to probe the activities of the Ministry with a view to return sports in the state back to its pace setting position.
The Chairman of the committee, Hon. Fola Oyekunle, in a chat with our reporter disclosed that the committee will work with necessary stakeholders to ensure that radical steps are taken towards progress.
Hon. Oyekunle expressed the worrisome situation of sport in the state, particularly how it affected the club, Shooting Stars Footbal Club to secure the promotion ticket back to the Premier League.
The lawmaker said that failure of the management to secure the promotion ticket was due to the nonchalant attitude of the immediate past government towards the development of sport, not only football.
Hon. Oyekunle stated that though his committee has just been inaugurated, however, will as soon as possible engage all relevant stakeholders in a meeting and discuss how to move sport in the state to the next level.
“So, we have to take critical look at the activities of the state Ministry of Youth and Sport to know what is going on. We will invite all the necessary stakeholders to the meeting, after that we will give our recommendations.”
Hon. Fola Oyekunle, who in his desire to promote sport and his effort to ensure that talents are discover from grassroots, has included in the activities lined up to mark his one hundred days in office, a football competition for youths within his constituency.
By Adekunle Adegboyega