Elder Bode Oyewole, the chairman of Shooting Stars when the club last won a national competition 20 years ago has cried out over unfulfilled promises made by the Oyo State Government to the team.
Oyewole made the disclosure on the 20th anniversary of Shooting Stars victory in the Nigerian professional league. Incidentally, the club has not won any competition since the defeat of Udoji United to win the league.
Shooting Stars got relegated the following season to become the first Nigerian defending champion to be relegated.
According to the former chairman of the club, the then administrator, Commissioner of Police Amen Edore Oyakhire announced monetary rewards as well as allocation of lands to the 18 players, five technical crew members as well as eight board members and nine administrative staff members.
According to him, the promises were not fulfilled 20 years later. Some of those to benefit have since died. They include Pius Daniel and Coach Rafiu Salami.
Among others, the state government was to give a million naira cash rewards to each of the 18 players and two million naira and a plot of land to each if the coaching crew and board members.
According to Oyewole, “Certificates ofOccupancy (C of O) were issued in respect of the land at what is now Kolapo Ishola Estate, Akobo in Ibadan but were withdrawn by Governor Lamidi Adesina when assumed office in 1999.”
Oyewole remarked that no reasons were given for the withdrawal of the C of O.
That has left the players and officials with having to cope with the unfulfilled promises.