We do not support Sports Commissioner’s removal – Ondo Football Stakeholders
By Femi Atolagbe
The Ondo State Football Stakeholders Forum (OSFSF) has disassociated itself from the calls for the removal of Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development in the State, Mr Bamidele Ologunloluwa.
The convener of the Forum, Otunba Dele Ologbese in a chat with Sporting Hope said it’s unimaginable to call for the remover of a man whose resourcefulness and proficiency ensured Sunshine Stars started the first stanza of the highly competitive abridged league on a promising note.
The pioneer Secretary of the Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA) while assuring the Commissioner of Stakeholders support at all times in ensuring Sunshine Stars attained maximum successes in their outings, added that the Stakeholders remained resolute in their stand against outright sales of Sunshine Stars and Sunshine Queens.
A section of football fans and stakeholders had few days ago called for the removal of Sports Commissioner, Dele Ologunloluwa over poor results and sales news of the two State’s owned Clubs.
Ologbese, who was immediate past Ondo State Football Association’s Vice Chairman said: “It’s unwarranted stigmatization to call for the removal of the Commissioner whose resourcefulness and proficiency ensured Sunshine Stars started league’s first stanza on a promising note.”
The Commissioner, while reacting said the call for his removal is mischievous, exonerated himself from the team’s poor results.
Ologunloluwa said: “The game we had few days ago, even the blind could see that we were robbed. It is broad day light robbery, even the match before this one and this would be the third time. I am not a striker, people can be mischievous and it doesn’t matter it is part of sports anyway.
“So if they are agitating for my removal, there is no problem about that, it is normal. Football is a unifier. So it is normal when some people felt they should have won when they lost and it is normal when they react. But hope is not lost yet and I understand our people.”
Ologbese added that Sunshine Stars Matchday13 encounter with Rangers International at the Ondo State Sports complex, Akure was an eyesore.
He noted that it’s crystal clear that Akure Landlords were robbed by the centre referee in favour of Rangers.
The match had largely exposed inadequacies of certain Nigeria’s football referees thereby given Nigeria’s Premier league bad image nationally and internationally.
He said: “After painstakingly watched video clips of ill faithed tie, we were exceedingly stunned, that the centre referee who disallowed 83rd minute Sunshine Stars winning goal without infringements of any sort.
“It was scandalous scenario which should be immediately probed by the IMC and any match official found culpable of gross misdemeanor should be brought to book with a view to serving as deterrent to others.
“We appeal to IMC under the leadership of Otunba Gbenga Elegbeleye not to relax on current efforts at sanitizing Nigeria’s Premier league towards making it one of top 10 best in Africa.
This can be expeditiously achieved through purging of the system of insatiable rots.”