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Shooting Stars Owe Me N3.4m – Onigbinde

Posted: May 16, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


 Steve Oma-Ofozor

 LAGOS – The lingering financial crisis of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan may have no end in sight for now as the former General Manager, Adegboye Onigbinde, is still being owed about N3.4 million.

The former Super Eagles helmsman told Independent recently that all efforts to get his money from the club have yielded no fruit till date, just as he bemoaned the present financial predicament of the club.

Onigbinde, while ruing the current poor run of the club, which he blamed on poor funding, said: “It is sad that Shooting Stars presently cannot pay their players and the situation is adversely affecting the performance of the team.”

Commenting further, he said, “As I speak, the club still owes me the sum of N3.4 million since 2004. I have met the present General Manager of the club, Rasheed Balogun, he could not give me a definite answer.  

Onigbinde asserted that it was not possible for the players to be at their best form when they are not being paid their salaries and other entitlement regularly.

 “What kind of performance do you expect from hungry players?” he queried. “The welfare of the players must be taken into consideration before talking of good performance,” he stated.

He reiterated that his programme and dream for the club as the then manager was to make it financially independent of the state government.

“I wanted Shooting Stars to be self sustainable without waiting for government money. But, people who are used to free money from government killed the dream,” Onigbinde revealed.  

The former FIFA and CAF Instructor was, however, quick to pray for the club to scale its present hurdles and be able to survive the looming relegation, saying, “3SC is my baby.

 “In this entire crisis, it is my sincere prayer that Shooting Stars should not go on relegation. I pray that there will be a way out from the problem because Shooting Stars is my baby,” Onigbinde prayed.

An inside source, who spoke under anonymity, revealed that the players are being owed about seven months salaries, maintaining that the Government of Oyo State may not be able to pay soonest as its civil servants are also being owed several months.