Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan yesterday emerged winners of the 2017 edition of the Oyo State FA Cup competition. 3SC defeated Crown Football Club of Ogbomoso 2-1 in the final match played at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.
3SC scored their two goals through Adewale Adigun and Abayomi Adebayo in the 13th and 61st minutes respectively.
Adebayo got one of the goals through a penalty kick in the match’s 61st minute, after Sunday Faleye was brought down by a Crown FC player in the penalty area. Crown FC got their lone goal through Gbenga Ladigan in the 85th minute.
NAN reports that Alaba Osama of 3SC, Oseni Usman and Gbadamosi Fatai, both of Crown FC, were sent off in the 17th, 88th and 90th minutes of the match. Both clubs will be playing in the 2017 Federation Cup competition by virtue of their playing in Sunday’s final match.
3SC’s coach Fatai Amoo later told NAN that his players performed very well, adding that they would improve as they move into the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League. Amoo stated that the club now has some of their former players rejoining them, expressing optimism of a better performance in the next stanza of the NPFL.
He, however, stated that the present 3SC team was what they could boast of, adding that they could only work on what they have.
Amoo said: “This is what we have and can afford now. We cannot say we have got the best team, but we have only limited the team to our financial standing.
“If we have the finances, we know what to go for. But when you don’t have, you have to stay within your limit.”
Coach Oladunni Oyekale of Crown FC, on his part, expressed optimism that his team would reach the Federation Cup final this year.
He said: “Three years ago, we made it to the quarter-finals, and last year we made it to the semi-finals. I am very sure we will get to the finals this time.” Oyekale told NAN his team played very well against 3SC, adding that his players performed in the game just like they did in their league matches.
He said his team had always played matches with confidence and hope, promising a better performance in their next match against First Bank FC in the Nigeria National League.
Meanwhile, some football enthusiasts at the match bemoaned the scanty presence of spectators at the stadium, and blamed it all on poor publicity and organisation.
Felix Owolabi, ex-international, said the situation was because the competition had lost its usual glamour.
Owolabi said: “An FA Cup final match is usually full of glamour and many spectators.
But this is different.”
Similarly, Obi Nnamdi, who claimed to be a staunch supporter of Rangers International FC of Enugu, bemoaned the fact that spectators were scanty at the final match.
Nnamdi said: “This turnout is very poor and does no good other than to discourage the players. The game lacks adequate publicity and it is not good for Nigerian football.
“I think the organisers should learn to spend to get the required publicity and generate revenue.”