Former director normal, Nationwide Sports activities Fee (NSC) Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye has thrown his weight behind Ondo state authorities led by governor Rotimi Akeredolu to dump Sunshine Stars Soccer Membership of Akure to a real investor.
Few days in the past, the Ondo state authorities muted the thought of promoting Sunshine Stars FC to ‘a real investor’ “The state can resolve to promote the membership, if we get the suitable value and most significantly if the suitable firm that has the suitable expertise comes on board,”
“What’s essential for us is to develop these sports activities and creating these sports activities doesn’t should be finished by the state or by the federal government.”
“We’re taking a look at traders who will come on board and run this membership professionally” The state Commissioner for Sports activities and Youth Growth, Bamidele Ologun instructed reporters just lately.
Reacting to the event, Elegbeleye who’s now the chairman of the Interim Administration Committee(IMC) to handle the Nigeria Skilled Soccer League(NPFL) was unequivocal in his submission that authorities has no enterprise working soccer membership within the nation.
“Authorities has no enterprise working soccer within the nation. That’s a part of the explanations that our soccer just isn’t rising. As a result of it’s authorities that owned 80% of the golf equipment within the nation it’s troublesome to implement professionalism.
“Many of the golf equipment directors are doing no matter they like, fleecing the state sources as they like. No accountability as such,” he mentioned.
The astute administrator opines that traders will come if the enabling atmosphere is supplied by the federal government and cited the times of yore how A.G. Leventis was working the defunct Leventis FC of Ibadan who was probably the greatest non-public owned membership within the nation.
Sunshine Stars FC was arrange by a former navy administrator of the state, retired Col. Ahmed Usman, in 1995.
In 2011, the membership represented Nigeria within the CAF Confederation Cup and was in a position to attain semi-final.
In 2012, the Owena giants additionally made it to the semi-final of the CAF Champions League.
However subsequent governments have struggled to satisfy their obligation over time which has resulted within the gamers embarking on strike and poor runs on the home scene with the membership changing into a perennial relegation battlers.