By Femi Atolagbe
The leadership of Sunshine Stars has vowed to resist any attempt to pervert in justice by the League Management Company (LMC) over their botched NPFL match day one game with Wikki Tourists.
The Director General of Sunshine Stars, Mr. Akinsola Akinbobola over the fallout maintained that the conduct of the Owena Whales did not violate the framework and rules of the league.
“We are aware they are flying the kite of replay and punishment for both teams even though Sunshine Stars have done nothing wrong. The game was slated for Sunday as in other centres and there was no talk of postponement even at the pre match meeting.
“Like we did, the match officials all came out for the match at the fixed time only to find out Wikki were not on ground. Their serving ban should not affect us and the rest of the league, we have dealt with same situation in the past.
“Sunshine didn’t travel to Ijebu Ode aiming for walk over or boardroom points, we wanted to play and earn our victory on the field. In truth we were open to all options when it became clear they will not be turning up for the game. But without reaching agreement, are we to turn beggars in Ijebu Ode to extend our stay?
“In Ijebuode we were willing to bend backwards just as a show of support for the league but unfortunately Wikki and the LMC weren’t forthcoming as regards placating us in Ijebuode. If the match must be replayed then the LMC and Wikki must be ready to bear all cost. As far as we are concerned we have not breached the rules governing the league.
he LMC have to be fair in the best interest of the league. Any attempt to pervert justice will be adequately resisted.”_ Akinbobola concluded.
Sunshine Stars will be the guests of Abia Warriors while Wikki Tourists host Niger Tornadoes on match day two of the season.