Shooting Stars Sports Club have been disbanded by the Oyo State government. Mutiu Adepoju, who was until the disbandment, the Chief Executive of the club, told KickOffNigeria.com that he received the information on Tuesday morning.
”I was informed by the club’s Administrative Secretary that the commissioner of sports directed him to let the players and officials know that the club has been disbanded,” Adepoju, a former international, said.However, Adepoju said he was yet to receive formal written notification.”That may come later, but as far we know, all the players and officials have been asked to go.
”I don’t know what the next step for the club will be.” The first of that next step will be to pay up outstanding debts of around N160 million owed to players, officials, other clubs and hotels.
”We are owing debts of between N150 million to N160 million,” Adepoju said.
“It includes outstanding sign-on fees and salaries to players, clearance fees to other clubs, and unpaid hotel bills.”
This will mark the second time in their history that the club, one of the oldest in Nigeria, will be disbanded.
The first was in 1984, when a team comprising some of the finest local talent available, lost the CAF Champions Cup final to Zamalek on home soil at the National Stadium, Lagos.
Colonel Oladayo Popoola, Military Governor of Oyo State at the time, was so riled he promptly disbanded the team.
Revived later, Shooting have fallen on bad times in the twenty years, enduring a yoyo existence up and down the Premier League.
Last season, the club escaped relegation only on the last day of the season. A disgraceful state of affairs for a club which has won the Nigerian title a record five times, although their last triumph came in 1998.