Tension in Sunshine Stars Over Poor Performance As Sports Commissioner Reacts To Call For His Sack

There is a palpable tension around the Ondo state-owned Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure due to poor results in the abridged league and pllatn sales of the Akure darling team.


Trouble started for the Ondo state-owned Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure after the team failed to win its last three games of the match day 13 of the Group B encounter of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) against Rangers FC.

Sunshine Stars are without a win in their last three games of the NPFL.

This is even as fans demanded the removal of the State Commissioner for Sports and Youth development, Mr Dele Ologun, for the team’s poor outings.

Sunshine Stars had drawn the Wikki Tourist FC away in Bauchi on match day 10,played 1-1 with Doma United in Akure on match day 11 and the latest with visiting Rangers also drawing 1-1 on match day 13 encounter on Sunday.

This may be unconnected with the recent outburst of the State Commissioner for Sports and Youth development, Mr Dele Ologun, over the outright sale of Sunshine Stars at the end of the season.

Sunshine Stars are fifth on the log with 18 points,while Rangers are eighth with 14 points in the group B of the NPFL as hopes for top three continues to fade away.


Meanwhile, some fans had called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the Acting Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to immediately remove the State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Mr Dele Ologun due to the poor running of the darling football club of Ondo State.


Some fans and key stakeholders who spoke with newsmen at Akure Stadium after the Sunshine Stars-Rangers game, attributed the poor results of the team to irresponsible timing of an outburst by Ologun on the planned sales of the team.


One of the fans, who identified himself as Emmanuel Ayodele said “even if the club will be sold, the Commissioner has not managed it well, why discussing the issue now when the team is at the critical stage of the football season.

Another football fan, who just gave his name as Ojo Akinbo said there is nothing totally wrong with privatizing the team provided the government carries all of us along and follow due process, but for Mr Ologun to be using such to be distracting the players and coaching crew, it is condemnable and he should be sanctioned before he destroys the team.


Reacting, the state commissioner for youths and Sports development in a statement signed by Sunshine Stars media team and made available to newsmen on Monday said the Akure based team is on the right track towards achieving the set targets at the beginning of the season.


“So if they are calling for my removal, there is no problem about that, it is normal. Football is a unifier. So it is normal when some people feel they should have won when they lost and it is normal when they react. But hope is not lost yet and I understand our people