10 January 2013

Nigeria: Oyo - Sports Commissioner, 3SC Board At Loggerheads

There are strong indications there is no love lost between the Commissioner for Sports Oyo State, Dapo Lam Adesina and the board of the Shooting Stars Football over the day to day running of the club.

THISDAY reliably scooped from knowledgeable sources that both parties have been playing cat and mouse game since the board was inaugurated a few months back leading to cold war between the commissioner and members of the board.

It was further scooped that, the commissioner has been usurping the role of the board thus taking it upon himself to do the day to day running of the club rather than face his over sight role as supervisory ministry to the club and other sports associations in the state.

Board members are also said to be angry with the commissioner for calling them 'thieves', while they are insisting that they are men of integrity.

It was learnt that the board had no hand in the players registration for the team at the beginning of last season which almost led the team back to relegation but it was when they came on board that they were able to salvage the situation seeing the team to a respectable fifth position.

When contacted on the issue, the Chairman, Management Board of the club, Mr Toyin Akintunde described the issue as an internal matter that would be dealt with but not on the pages of newspapers.

According to him: "In a situation where there are many people, it is bound to be infringements and friction, so it is no big deal about that. I am neither denying nor confirming it but it is something we can solve amicably."

But efforts to get the reaction of the commissioner failed as he did not respond to several calls and text messages sent to his phone at the time of going to press.

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