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Ondo disbands Sunshine Stars, promises a more effective team

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The Ondo State government yesterday sacked the management and players of Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure for poor performance in recent times. The government promised to reorganize the team to make it more effective and live up to the expectations of their fans.

A statement by the state’s Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, reads: “Following the directive of Mr. Governor to reposition Ondo State Football Agency for better performance and effective output, it has become necessary to dissolve the technical crew, technical pool staff and players of the Sunshine Stars football club of Akure.

“It is on record that the team managed to escape relegation last season and ended up in the 18th position out of the 20 teams that participated at the just concluded football season.

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“However, the crises, which rocked the NFF during the season gave automatic ticket to all the teams for the new season and saved Sunshine Stars from being relegated. The team also lost out in the AITEO-FA sponsored competition this year.

“In view of these poor performances, it has become necessary to reposition the team for better performance during the forthcoming season.

“We wish to appreciate the efforts and contributions of affected staff for their past contributions as management of the board has been directed to take notice of payment of affected staff and their salaries.”

The Guardian recalls that the state recently dissolved its football agency, which hitherto managed Sunshine Stars and its sister club, Sunshine Queens, as well as the state’s football development programme.


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