By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde on Wednesday said his government is ready to transform the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and return it to the Nigerian Premier League.
The governor stated this while speaking at the Stakeholders Forum he hosted on the State of 3SC Football Club held at the Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s office, Agodi Ibadan
Governor Makinde according to a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary , Mr Taiwo Adisa assured of his government’s commitment to transform the 3SC and ensure that it reclaims its lost glory, pointing out that his administration was ready to motivate and properly fund the club so that it could achieve the objective of gaining promotion to the premier league
He emphasized that 3SC should be playing in the Nigerian Premier League, going by its rich history and dedicated fan base across Nigeria and even Africa and that his government would “do whatever is necessary at this point; pick up the pieces and face the future to ensure that the club reclaims its lost glory.”
Stressing that his government would properly motivate and fund the club by giving it the required resources, Governor Makinde directed the management of the club to forward a proposal to his office on any areas where it needed to fortify, saying his utmost concern was how the management would work hard to achieve desired goals, adding that he would make changes that would give desired result.
While urging the stakeholders to remember that to who much is given, much is expected, the governor said “if it would take a miracle for the team to gain promotion, then that miracle would happen, because his becoming the Governor of Oyo state was also a miracle.
“What happened at your last match in Asaba, you know when people start saying maybe it was by some uncommon means that we lost the match…, then I will tell you that my sitting here is a miracle. So, I say that 3SC will be promoted this season. If it will take a miracle, we will make it happen. We will make changes that can give us the desired result, what is important is that the management and the players should do their own bit, we will motivate you and properly fund the club. But to whom much is given, much is expected.”
Governor Makinde added, “we will give you the required resources and attention because of the importance we attach to the club. When 3SC is not doing well, you are not the only one feeling the pain; the generality of our people also feel the pain.We will look for ways and means to make things happen fast within the limit imposed by the governance structure. I have listened to you, and we will take into consideration what you have said,” the Governor stated.
Speaking further , the governor said some of the problems identified by the stakeholders will be resolved by the Government, and that “some of the challenges of 3SC are surmountable.
” I was in this state in the early 80s when Leventis United got promoted from Division 3 to Division 1 and in one season, won the Challenge Cup from Division 3.What 3SC mean to me is that it is a club that the generations of Makindes have been supporting. I am a die-hard Supporter of 3SC. 3SC will definitely get promoted this season, if it will take a miracle, it won’t be anything new because you have a miracle Governor in the State. We have to make it happen and plan for it.”
He also hinted that a Special Assistant would be appointed in the office of the governor in order to give the 3SC and Crown Football Club effective attention andpromised to attend some of the club’s matches, saying his Government would not mix politics with sport administration in the state, saying that the only thing he cared about was to take 3SC to where it belonged in the country.
“We are not going to mix the sport administration with politics. I don’t care where you belong politically, what I care about is that we will make 3SC sit where it belongs in Nigeria football. Nobody should be afraid of their job because of how you came.”
3SC stakeholders including the General Manager, Rasheed Balogun; Team Manager, Dimeji Lawal and Supporters’ Club chairman, Oluwafemi Olaniyi, in their remarks lauded Gov Makinde for his uncommon support to the 3SC in less than three months in office.