Ibadan - Mutiu Adepoju, the General Manager of the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, has assured the club’s fans that its preparations for the 2012/2013 season will not be interrupted in spite of the
postponement of the commencement of the season.
Adepoju, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, in Lagos, noted that the postponement would give the team more time to prepare.
“On our own part, we have resumed training; we want to ensure that our players are properly and thoroughly prepared for the next season; irrespective of the postponement of the resumption date.
“We are not going to sit idle and wait until the actual kick-off date before we commence preparations for the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) 2012/2013 season,’’ he said.
The general manager said that the plan of the club was to ensure that its fans saw a repackaged and improved team, ``one that would give them value for their money when they watch our matches’’.
The former Racing de Santander FC of Spain attacking mid-fielder added that the club would not embark on mass recruitment of players this time around.
“We are working on it and when we are ready, we will work on it with the players we have at hand
“But one thing is that we would only keep the number of players we can manage effectively,’’ Adepoju said.
NAN reports that the Minister of Sports, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, on Sept.26, stopped the 2012/2013 season from taking-off because of what he described as the ``prevalent inconsistencies’’ in the league.
Abdullahi remarked that the league was`` fraught with controversies’’ which, he said, had become the norm each season.
Following this development, the Board of the Nigeria Premier League, postponed indefinitely all its pre-season activities scheduled to commence from Oct.2; until the issues raised by the minister were looked into.