Date: 25 Apr 25 18
After three consecutive seasons in the Nigerian top flight, the Oluyole Warriors deserved to drop into the second tier
While Plateau United and MFM FC overachieved to enjoy memorable campaigns in the recently concluded 2016-17 Nigeria Professional Football League, Shooting Stars were the flops of the competition, finishing in 17th place to drop into the Nigeria National League.
In truth, it’s little surprise that the Oluyole Warriors are back in the NNL having played there as recently as 2014 before returning to the NPFL the following year.
A club of 3SC’s stature should be able to have a solid plan of how to get themselves back to the top of the food chain, but the hierarchy have only succeeded in making a further mockery of the club, despite the thousands of fans who troop to the Lekan Salami Stadium in support of their team on matchdays.
At the start of the season, club chairman Gbolagade Busari promised that the 1976 Caf Confederation Cup winners would wake up from their slumber and become competitive again. However, it soon became apparent that a cheap replica rolex season of struggle would follow.
Stars let Gbenga Ogunbote – who led them to a ninth place finish upon their return to the top flight in 2015 – leave for Enyimba, and the experienced tactician duly found success there, leading the People’s Elephant to third.
This was one major error. The other was seeing big names also exit the ancient city.
The major departure was Sunday Adetunji, who moved to Abia Warriors and ended up scoring 14 goals for the Umuahia outfit, ending the campaign as the NPFL’s third-highest goalscorer.
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