Oyo State Governor Makinde Hails 3SC’s NPFL Promotion


The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has praised the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) for securing the long-awaited promotion to the elite Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

3SC defeated Ekiti United FC 6-0 in the final game of the Super Eight to wrap up the league as winners of the Group B conference. The team had earlier defeated Bendel Insurance 2-1 and played 1-1 with Remo Stars FC to scoop a total of seven points to top Group B.

In a statement, Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, praised the resilience of the 3SC players and coaching crew who presented a golden gift to the people of Oyo State.

Image of some Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) players celebrating promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)

“We are sincerely happy to see our darling team 3SC back where it belongs; the Nigerian Professional Football League,” the statement read.

“It gladdens my heart that the feat is achieved just a few days after we unveiled the remodelled, world-class Lekan Salami Sport Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan, the befitting home of the Shooting Stars.”

“I rejoice with the good people of Oyo State on this wonderful achievement by our darling team and especially the return of good football to Ibadan. Surely, the government of Oyo State will ensure that the players and technical crew are rewarded for bringing us this joyful moment,” Makinde added.

Governor Makinde further said that the promotion was in line with his campaign promise to get the club promoted to the elite league within two years of assumption of office.

Makinde, who commended the commitment and patriotism of the players and management of 3SC, pledged to reward them for the amazing feat and wonderful achievement.

“As a government, we have made the commitment to transform the sport sector so as to create employment for the teeming youths of the state,” the statement added.

3SC will play Niger Tornadoes FC of Niger, which topped Group A of the Super Eight on Sunday to determine the overall winner of the 2020/21 Nigeria National League.


Chidi Nwoke/The Guardian.

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