Lagos - Shooting Stars FC has appealed to the teeming
supporters of the club to exercise patience with the players and the technical
adviser, Kadri Ikhana.
General Manager of the club Rasheed Balogun made the appeal
on a radio programme in Ibadan against the backdrop of the club's 1-0 home loss
to visiting Lobi Stars of Makurdi in the opening game of the 2016 Nigeria
Premier League at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan on Sunday.
The loss was Ikhana's first since being in charge of the
team three weeks ago. Ironically, Lobi Stars lost 3-0 in Ibadan last season in
the week 11 fixture which was Gbenga Ogunbote's first match shortly after the
disengagement of Franklin Howard.
However, the top man, Rasheed Balogun said efforts are on to
stem the tide of losing every first game at home since the last three seasons.
It would be recalled that Shooting Stars lost its first home
match in the week two of 2012/13 season 2-0 to Heartland in Ibadan before
another 2-1 loss to Heartland last season in front of home fans.
"It is more or less becoming a tradition but we are
working on it and it would not happen again. It's very painful but it's still
morning in the day and we shall work hard to recoup the points elsewhere in the
course of the season," he added.
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Balogun further gave an indication that the club would be in
the market for more good legs to beef up the team.
"We have been faced with lack of fund but we are
working underneath to bring more quality players and soon our fans would see
the end result.”
He then put cold water on the alleged sour relationship
between him and the techno adviser.
"Ikhana has been a friend before joining the club and
now that he is here, we are working together to achieve success and very soon
our teeming supporters all over shall have cause to laugh, we shall make them
happy," he concludes.
Meanwhile, a peaceful meeting between the technical adviser,
Ikhana and the executive of the club's supporters has ended with the general
manager reiterating his appeal for understanding.For
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