Abuja - The Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA) on Thursday in Akure praised Sunshine Stars FC for its performance in the recently-concluded 2012/2013 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The ODSFA’s Secretary, Dele Ologbese, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the club’s performance was commendable because the competition was highly qualitative.
NAN reports that Sunshine Stars finished in the 12th position with 52 points from 38 matches.
Ologbese said the season had been the most competitive in the history of the league.
``We did not perform badly last season because it was the most competitive season.
``We were two points away from relegation in which if we had lost any match at home, we would have been relegated," he said.
The secretary buttressed his contention by citing as examples the duo of relegated Kwara United FC of Ilorin and eventual champions Kano Pillars FC.
``Take a look at Kwara United which, in spite of winning a couple of away matches in the competition, still got relegated, and Kano Pillars which never won any away match but still ended up winning the league,’’ he said.
Ologbese assured however that the 2013/2014 season would be a totally different one for Sunshine Stars FC because the agency was ready to recruit credible and capable players.
``I am assuring our fans that next league season will be different as we are ready to get credible and capable players.
``We have been recycling players for the past five years. The team is old, and we need young players now,’’ he said.
The ODSFA secretary, however, debunked the news making the rounds that the agency had sacked its officials.
``We signed a one-year contract with all members of the technical crew and other officials, which ended at the end of the past season.
``We have not sacked any official in any of our teams. We had one-year contractual agreements with them, which ended at the end of the season.
``There is no automatic renewal. The contract renewal would be based on performance,’’ he said.