By Femi Atolagbe
Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure have unveiled Edith Agoye as the club`s new coach ahead of the 20232004 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
Agoye who was the immediate past coach of Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan signed a renewable one year contract with Sunshine Stars football Club. He was subsequently unveiled at the conference room of the Ondo State Football Agency’s Caring Heart Games Village ,Oda Road Akure.
Ondo State Commissioner for Youth and Sport Development, Bamidele Ologun said the unveiling was to send signals to the outside world that the club was ready for the league.
Ologun said the target of the team was to finish among the top three clubs in the league.
The commissioner said the appointment of the coach came with huge responsibilities and was sure the coach was up to the task.
“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the club with the unveiling of Agoye as the new Head Coach of the club,“ he said.
He said that Agoye was picked among the shortlisted coaches because of his track records.
” I want to reiterate that the unity of purpose of all stakeholders is required so as to rally round Agoye and his coaching crew in actualizing the common dream for the club.
“We have our set goals and objectives, which without mincing words, is to be among the top three in the next football season.
“It is on the strength of this that today’s event became significant not just because of the unveiling and presentation of the coach to stakeholders but also to demonstrate our readiness to rally round the new coaching crew,” he said
In a remark, Agoye said his appointment as the coach of the club was the biggest day in his football career.
The coach promised to surmount all obstacles and build on what he met on ground to achieve results.
The Chairman House of Assembly committee on Sports, Mr Olugbenga Omole charged the new coaching crew to be up and doing and give the state a continental ticket.
The General Manager of the Agency, Prince Tunde Ogunde charged the coach to give the state a formidable team, saying the management of the team is ready to support him to achieve his target.
He said: “We will give you all the needed logistics and support to ensure that you succeed.”
The chairman of Ondo State Football Association , Otunba Dele Ajayi, urged the new coach to qualify the club for continent football.
“We are appealing to all stakeholders to ensure that good results are achieved.
“Welfare of the players and the staff must be looked into and I want the Commissioner to inform the Governor to put our pitch in good condition,” he said.
Other stakeholders, former ODSFA chairman, Akinsola Akinbobola, General Manager of the state football council, Henry Babatunde, former coach and Technical Director of Sunshine Stars, Ambassador Henry Abiodun, Chairman supporters Club, Olowa Felix all promised to contribute their quota to support the technical crew to take the team to a greater height.