Assault: LMC Fines 3SC N3m, Awards N500,000 To Journalist

3SC’s management had earlier apologised to the journalist.


The League Management Company (LMC) on Friday handed a N3m fine on Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan for fans’ assault on a sports journalist Tobi Adepoju. It also asked the club to pay him N500,000.

Tobi was attacked at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on Wednesday following the team’s 1-1 draw with Remo Stars in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match. Police operatives had to wade in to rescue him from the irate fans.

In its reaction to the incident, the LMC condemned the attack, describing it as “capable of bringing the game to disrepute”.

“The Club has been fined a total of N3m plus a N500,000 compensation to Mr. Adepoju for lost valuables and medical bills and their stadium has been closed to fans for the remaining fixtures of the season while a further breach will lead to their being directed to play outside the Southwest,” the LMC added in a statement on its Facebook page, saying 3SC breached Rule B13.52 and  Rule B8.21 and Rule C1.1 of the LMC Rule Book.

“3SC also stands the risk of two points deduction to last for a probational period ending with the season while the Media Officer, Tosin Omojola, and Kits Manager, Mr. Majolagbe Kolawale have been expelled from all NPFL related activities for a minimum period of 12 months in the first instance.”

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‘Unfortunate Attack

Earlier, the club had apologised to Tobi over the incident, pledging to investigate the assault.

They also condemned a comment credited to the team’s Media Officer Tosin Omojola in which he reportedly said there would be no repercussion for the incident.

“The Management of the Club wish to state that the utterances he was reported to have made were his personal opinion and do not represent the position of the Club in regards to the incident of Wednesday, June 1, 2022, after the match involving 3SC and Remo Stars,” 3SC said in the statement signed by their Executive Chairman Babatunde Olaniyan

“The Club would not support any utterance, comment, or opinion that tends to promote violence or put the lives of others in danger. The Club regrets the unfortunate attack on Mr Tobi Adepoju and condemns it in its entirety.”

Shooting Stars Relegated From NPFL

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Shooting Stars of Ibadan have been relegated from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Saturday after Wikki Tourists defeated Gombe United 2-0 in the abandoned week 38 fixture.

Shooting Stars were hoping the result from that game will keep them in the top flight.

The Oluyole Warriors now complete the relegated quartet of teams from the NPFL which includes Remo Stars, Gombe United and ABS FC.

The Gombe United vs Wikki game was abandoned initially due to crowd trouble.

The League Management Company (LMC) then sanctioned Gombe United for the breach of league rules that included a two-season ban on their Pantami Stadium and N7 million and ordered that the abandoned game resume from the point of discontinuation with the same scoreline at a neutral venue, the El-Kanemi Sports Complex, Maiduguri.

3SC Threatens To Sack Coach Amoo

Shooting Stars Coach, Fatai Amaoo

Shooting Stars has given its technical adviser, Fatai Amoo an ultimatum to immediately find a way out of the relegation zone in the ongoing Nigerian Professional League or be ready to face the sack.

3SC of Ibadan suffered 1-0 defeat against Mountain Top FC at the Agege Stadium on Sunday.

The loss saw the Shooting Stars replace Remo Stars at the bottom of the league table, with both sides tied on 26 points.

The state government has on its part promised to redouble its efforts in supporting the team in its bid to bring back the glory of the 3SC.

Shooting Stars Reassure Fans Of Better Results

Shooting Stars, 3SC, Gbolagade Busari, FansShooting Stars Football Club (3Sc) have reassured their fans that they will bounce back from their ‘not too impressive’ performance in the ongoing professional league.

The Chairman of the club, Mr Gbolagade Busari, who gave the assurance in a statement in Ibadan, said that hope was not lost for the club as the season had just begun.

He noted that the club would improve on its performance and start getting better results, adding that they would live up to the expectations of the fans.

“We are not happy with the standing of our darling team. The results we got in recent matches have not justified our efforts to reposition the team.

“However, hope is not lost as we are ready to change the tide and get good results,” the 3SC boss stated.

Our Motivation

Mr Busari stressed further that the management of the club has identified the problems of the team.

He stated that adequate measures would be put in place in order not to disappoint the fans, supporters and well-wishers of the club.

The club chairman promised that the team would be rejuvenated for the remainder of the season, hinting that the club was targeting continental ticket for the next season.

“We have a mandate from Governor Abiola Ajimobi (of Oyo State) and we will not disappoint the trust he has in us.

“The governor said the team should reclaim its lost glory and compete as a premier team it used to be.

“This mandate is our motivation and it will drive us to success.

“We want to appeal to our fans not to lose hope in us, (but) they should believe in us and we will make them and the state proud at the end of the season,” Mr Busari avowed.

Enyimba, Sharks FC Suffer Defeat In Nigerian League

npfl-enyimba-fcNigerian League leaders, Enyimba FC on Sunday evening suffered their fifth defeat of the season in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

El-Kanemi Warriors defeated the Aba side two goals to one, with Benjamin Turba and Efe Yarhere getting the goals for the Maiduguri based team.

Enyimba got a consolation goal on the 88th minute through substitute, Nzube Anaezemba.

Meanwhile, Sharks FC dropped to the relegation zone, following a one nil defeat to Giwa FC, while another Port Harcourt based team, Dolphins moved out of the relegation zone after a 3-1 win against another relation threatened side, FC Taraba.

Wikki Tourists closed the gap at the top of the table after a 2-0 win over Bayelsa United.

In other matches, Abia Warrior beat Warri Wolves, FC Ifeanyi Ubah held Kano Pillars to a 1-1 draw 3SC beat Akwa United by a lone goal.

Nigeria’s U-23 Trash Gabon 4-1

u23Nigeria’s U23 national team have given themselves the advantage over Gabon after their 4-1 win in Libreville in the All Africa Games qualifiers.

Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) striker, Junior Ajayi scored twice while Oghenekaro Etebo and Peter Onyekachi completed the rout just after Gabon got one back through Axel Meye at the Stade Augustin Monedan a Sibang, Gabon.

Ajayi netted for Samson Siasia’s team in the first minute of the match and Warri Wolves striker, Etebo, made it two-nil from 12 yards with two minutes to the break.

Two minutes into the second half, Ajayi struck again for his second of the match.

But Gabon gave themselves a lifeline when Axel Meye scored just mid-way into the second half.

Nigeria’s U23 restored their three-goal lead through Enyimba forward Peter Onyekachi at the 88th minute.

Siasia’s side would play host to their Gabonese counterparts at the National Stadium in Abuja on March 7.

Ex-international Mutiu Adepoju ditches Shooting Stars

Former Super Eagles player, Mutiu Adepoju who after his playing days decided to work with the shooting Stars sport club of Ibadan as their General Manager resigned from his position yesterday.

The 1994 African Nations Cup winner dropped a resignation letter at the club’s office yesterday and according to information reaching us, Mutiu will be leaving the sores of Nigeria for Spain on Thursday where he will be attending a two-week UEFA Pro Licence course which according to him is to re-validate the licence.

It can be said that the former Eagles player during his time of service to 3SC brought the Ibadan-based club back to the Premier league from their relegation and the club had maintained this position up until the Headmaster left the club yesterday.

We hear that Mutiu Adepoju was not happy with the treatment given him by the board of the club after he asked to re-apply for a new contract after the initial contract had expired and according to him it was a move by the board to pass down their message that his services were no longer required by the board and rather than be ridiculed, he decided to take the bull by the horn.