Ibadan - It was jubilation time for supporters of Shooting
Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan on Sunday after the club defeated visiting
Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi to escape relegation.
The victory meant the club will escape the drop from the
Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) when the 2015/2016 season ends on
A header from Samuel Olabisi in the 54th minute of the Match
Day 37 game gave them the victory.
The tension-soaked match was the last home match for 3SC in
the 2015/2016 NPFL season and was crucial to their final position on the league
Before the match, 3SC were 15th on the table with 44 points,
while Wikki Tourists were third with 54 points.
The Ibadan-based club will visit Owerri for their last match
of the season against hosts Heartland FC.
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3SC’s Coach Gbenga Ogunbote told NAN that he was highly
grateful to God for the escape, saying many people had believed that the club
would be relegated.
“God has been faithful to me all the time. It is good to
have confidence in God and your team. I have a very cordial relationship with
“I am the type who always wants my players to believe me and
in what I believe,’’ he said.
Speaking on the possibility of his leaving the club for
another clubs, Ogunbote said the season was not yet over and he was still
contracted to 3SC.
The coach however said the first hurdle for him and the club
had been crossed, and the next hurdle was to fortify the team to win laurels.
Similarly, Seun Akinyemi, the 3SC captain, told NAN that he
was really happy for the victory and the team’s escape from relegation.
He said that many people did not believe that the team could
escape relegation by the end of the 2015/2016 NPFL season.
“I am very happy that the club escaped relegation. We will
now work very hard to lift the club back to its glorious old days,’’ Akinyemi
Yomi Oke, the Oyo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports,
said the good old days have now come for 3SC.
“Government will give its best to returning the club to its
victorious days,’’ he said.
Oke said the state government would soon unveil its
blueprint on sports development, which he said was aimed at discovering talents
from the grassroots.
He commended the 3SC fans, sponsors and other stakeholders
for their unflinching support for the club, assuring them of better days ahead.
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