Following the uproar that trailed the home loss of Ibadan darling team Shooting Stars Sports Club in the hands of Heartland FC of Owerri in their week 12 fixtures of the Nigeria Premier League match by the teeming supporters of the club, a strong backer of the club and the Caretaker Chairman of Ibadan South/West Local Government, Honourable Taoheed Adeleke has pleaded with the furious fans to pardon the 3SC’s technical crew who are still subject of abuses from the fans.
The Council boss who also witnessed the humiliation suffered by the Oluyole Warriors in the hands of the Naze Millionaires at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex where Shooting Stars lost 0-2, appealed to the fans to absolve the two head coaches, Tunde Odubola and Akeem Busari who were attacked by the irate fans after the match.
After beating the coaches last Wednesday, the fans who come around to watch the team’s training sessions at the Adamasingba Stadium have not seized to rain abuses and insults on the coaches which Adeleke considered as a bad omen, which, if not quickly addressed can put a clog in the wheel of progress of the club this season.
“My appeal to our fans is the pardon our coaches so that they can concentrate on the job at hand and give us something to cheer about again. All hope is not yet lost, we can still catch up and end with good result at the end of the league. These are people that had given us good results before Heartland FC game. It would be a bad idea to throw away the baby with the birth water,” Adeleke said.
The council boss who had been purchasing and giving out 1,000 match tickets free to the fans at every 3SC’s home games this season however, urged the aggrieved followers of the team not to be dissuaded by the home loss but come out in large numbers to give their support to the team when its face Nasarawa United on Wednesday.
3SC who have been maintaining a clean home record prior to Heartland’s visit are now placed 13th on the league table and would need nothing but an outright victory against Nasarawa in order to pacify the fans and restore back their confidence.