Former Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan midfielder Gbenga Okunowo has called on the Oyo State Government to provide adequate funding for the team ahead of the new Nigeria National League (NNL) season.
Speaking about his former club via the Punch, Okunowo said: “We achieved what we could in my time with the club because we enjoyed government and fans’ support. Without adequate funding, no club can thrive.”
“The Nigerian situation is difficult because clubs don’t get sponsorships capable of making them financially independent. Players move often from one club to another for better remuneration. You can hardly blame them because the playing career of footballers is limited.
“The situation removes loyalty from the players. In those days, our football legends owed allegiance to one club, today it’s different; clubs must pay to get the best from players.
“It is unfortunate that 3SC have to play in a lower league again, but to regain their status among the best clubs in Nigeria, the Oyo State Government must take the issue of players’ welfare seriously. I read in the newspapers that the state government is committed to ensuring the club gain promotion this season. This is good for the players.” he concluded.
3SC were relegated from the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) last season and would be hoping to secure a return to the top flight at the first time of asking when hostilities resume in the Nigeria National League (NNL).