3SC pips Abia Warriors 2-0
Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan (3SC) woke up from its slumber on Wednesday at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, as it hammered Abia Warriors 2-0 in a week 18 fixture of the Nigeria Premier League. The victory of the Oluyole Warriors came under a caretaker coach, Friday Christopher, following the resignation of the team’s technical adviser, Kadiri Ikhana last week. After a stalemate in the first half, Kabiru Umar opened the scoring in the 49th minute as he cashed in on a pass from Cletus Itodo. Muyiwa Lawal doubled the lead the 56th minute with a set-piece which caught goalkeeper John Gaadi helpless.
Speaking with Tribunesport, the General Manager of 3SC, Mr Rasheed Balogun disclosed that the Oyo State government paid the players a month salary on Tuesday, which also aided the team’s performance.
“The players were paid yesterday a month salary and I believe this greatly motivated them to victory today,” Balogun said.
Meanwhile, Abia Warriors handler, Kennedy Boboye said his players had themselves to blame for the loss.
“My boys lost concentration right from the first 10th minute of the second half and we paid dearly for it. They (3SC) showed class and played to win,” Boboye, a former Sunshine Stars coach said.
Meanwhile, 3SC interim coach, Christopher said “We spoke to the players that they should play in the interest of their career and not money they were being owed and thank God we got it right. They deserve kudos”.