The General Manager of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, Rasheed Balogun, said prayer and determination will be the team’s watchword for the year 2021.
He therefore, charged the players and officials of the team to be prayerful and be more determined, as the team looks forward to a successful promotion campaign from the NNL to the NPFL this year.
The former Julius Berger and Sunshine Stars of Akure Team Manager, made this charge last Friday, while addressing the players and their officials during the get-together, organised to mark his birthday celebrations
Balogun explained that all their efforts on the pitch must be backed with prayers and the determination to get the promotion ticket this season after missing it by the whiskers in previous years.
“Our watchword this year should be prayer and determination which I believe, is all we need based on what we have on ground, going into the season.
“At some point, when I am worried, I will look at the materials (players) we are parading and then I will tell myself, I don’t need to worry, these boys are capable of doing the job”.
The ex Dolphins of Port Harcourt topnotch informed the players that the Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, looks forward to seeing the team return to the mainstream of football in Nigeria and therefore, called for concerted efforts to ensure the governor’s wish comes to pass this season.
” I don’t need to tell you how committed our governor is to our cause, it is what you all know but I want to tell you that you have not seen anyrhing from him yet.
“His Excellency has not done anything yet for the team, what you are seeing is just a tip of the iceberg. By the time we are able to deliver the promotion ticket to him, you will all see what I am talking about. The governor wants to see us play in the NPFL,” added the 3SC boss.
At the end of the get-together, food items, courtesy of the Oyo State Government, were presented to the players and their officials, which they all described as another huge encouragement.
Apart from the officials and players of the Oluyole Warriors, other personalities who graced the event included, the Director of Administration of the club, Alhaji Rahman Olapade, Chairman, Ibadan Football Association (IFA), Barrister Olurotimi Ali, the Chairman, Oyo State General Sports Supporters Club, Mr Femi Oyeniyi and other well wishers.
Meanwhile, the Oluyole Warriors will return to the pitch Monday morning to continue with preparations for the new NNL season, which is expected to commence this month.