By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
The new Chairman of the Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA), Otunba Tajudeen Akinyemi has promised that Sunshine Stars will secure continental ticket in the new Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
Akinyemi made the pledge durning an interactive session with the Sports Writers Association of Nigerian (SWAN), Ondo Chapter Friday in Akure, a week after assuming office with his board.
“What we want is a continental ticket. Most of our regular players that have been retained will be well motivated to deliver that for us, and we have total faith and confidence in our technical crew led by Duke Udi given what they were able to do last season.”_
Otunba Akinyemi expressed confidence the menace of alleged crowd unrest during game in Akure will be curbed with some unprecedented measures that will be put in place moving forward.
“We want to advocate a law backing this cause in the state assembly, but we understand it will take time, so for now we are using carrot and stick approach to handle the spectators: there will stakehokders meeting to enlighten and sensitise the fans. And the stick approach is invoking the full wrath of the law on anyone found wanting.”_
The long time FIFA licensed agent and sports magnate also decried the lack of home grown talents in over a decade in the state.
“I am surprised since we discovered and nurtured great players like Geoffrey Oboabona, Sunday Abe, Dayo Ojo, Tunde Adeniji, Alaba Adeniyi and others around 2003 it is shame no single talent has been developed in the state._
“We are surely going back to talent discovery project to sustain our footballing future. Also exporting some of our players abroad to increase our IGR is part of our long time plans”_
Sunshine Stars have since on Monday began preparations for the 2017/18 NPFL season.