Ibadan - Coach Kadiri Ikhana of Shooting Stars Sports Club
(3SC) said his players have not been paid their salaries and allowances in the
past five months, which could hamper their ambition this season.
Ikhana made this disclosure to newsmen in Ibadan after his
team defeated Giwa Football Club of Jos 2-1 in a week five game of the Nigeria
Professional Football League (NPFL).
“The unimpressive state of welfare of the players in the
last five months has been a great concern to me, especially as such a situation
can hinder better performances,’’ he said.
The coach said the worst part of it all was that there was
no news on the payment of the outstanding wages.
Speaking on the match, Ikhana described it as a keen game,
saying the club was however yet to have a team it could be proud of.
“For now, we do not have a team. But we are working very
hard on this.
“We have most of our players down. All I am seeing here is
problems in the team. I appreciate this though, and we are tackling it,’’ he
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3SC scored in the game through Uzu Joseph and Kabir Umar in
the second and 86th minutes respectively.
They have played four matches so far, out of which they won
two and lost two.
Giwa FC got their lone goal in the 90th minute through
Isiaka Olawale, while Aminu Mbai of the same club was sent off, after receiving
two yellow cards.
Meanwhile, coach Gbenga Ogunbote of Giwa FC described the
defeat as a painful one his club did not deserve.
He said his players were just unlucky not to have scored
goals from the several goal scoring chances they had.
“I was very confident that my team was capable of springing
surprises here in Ibadan.
“But we all knew it was a good contest. No one can compare
the Giwa FC which came to Ibadan last year with this team of today in
Ibadan. I hope many people can see the difference," the
Ogunbote however said his club was very much desperate to
pick a ticket to play on the continent this season, and the season was still
young for anyone to write them off.
3SC would be visiting Enyimba International FC of Aba on
Wednesday to play their outstanding match, which was postponed due to Enyimba's
The club would also visit Nasarawa United for their week six
match on March 13 and host Rivers United in Ibadan on March 19.
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