Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Alarm Bells Ring At 3SC’s Jericho Camp

As most Christians all over the world are singing jingle bells ahead of Christmas, it is alarm bells at the Jericho secretariat of Premier League returnee, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), following a string of poor results.
Fear has gripped officials of the club following last Saturday’s 0 – 2 loss to Sharks Football Club at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt, Naijaligue.blogspot.com understands.
The fear of the club officials is based on the fact that in 2006 when Shooting Stars was relegated from the Premier League, it had a stuttering start though the abridged format adopted that season by the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) was blamed.
When Naijaligue.blogspot.com took a look at the statistics of Shooting Stars in the 2006 season, it was discovered that the side garnered 12 points from 11 games compared to the club’s current stats in this season’s campaign of 10 points from 11 games.
But team manager of the club, Ajibade Babalade, told Naijaligue.blogspot.com that the current slump in the team’s form though is a cause for concern should not lead to pressing the panic button.
The former Shooting Stars’ defender is confident that the team would overcome its initial struggles in the top-flight when the league resumes on January 9, 2010.
“I must say that we are all concerned about the way things have turned out for us in the Premier League since our return so far. No coach, no player and no club would set out to want to lose games and Shooting Stars is one of those clubs that wants to win games after games. Unfortunately football is an unpredictable game.
“But what is happening is not enough for us to start to panic. We still have a good chance of correcting some of our mistakes in the course of the season. We have played 11 games and you must also understand that some of the players are playing in the Premier League for the first time. It is also good that there will be a break for the Christmas and New Year period and I believe we will use this period to work on the team and make sure we present a different team in the New Year,” Babalade said.
The former Super Eagles’ centre-back also pleaded with supporters of the club to exercise patience with the players and coaching crew, as the Oluyole Warriors would not be relegated at the end of this season’s campaign.  

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