Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Why Shooting Stars Sacked Boamah

The truth over the sack of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) head coach, Phillip Boamah, has finally emerged just five days after he was relieved of his appointment. understands that the former Shooting Stars’ gaffer’s excuse that the club had no quality player was no longer tenable after the Ibadan acquired four more players in the transfer window of last month.
But Boamah’s trouble started with the club management after the goalless draw at home to Ocean Boys at the Liberty Stadium when he made uncomplimentary remarks about the squad on November 28, 2009.
“I am sad because our position (on the Premier League table) is bad. In a situation whereby your players cannot transform chances into goals, you have to pay the price. I inherited 25 players during our build up for the new season, but these players are not of premiership standard. However, we have mapped out plans to do something about the situation when the time comes,” Boamah was quoted as saying by the official website of the club after the game against Ocean Boys.
It was said that a number of the board members in the club management were unhappy with his comments and demanded explanation, which Boamah gave unconvincing.
At that point, the line was drawn for Boamah and his days at the Jericho secretariat of Shooting Stars were numbered.
Shooting Stars’ busy schedule in the transfer market led to the signing of two strikers from Lobi Stars and Anambra Pillars.
In spite of bringing in new players, the club capitulated to a 0 – 2 loss to Sharks Football Club, which has now left the Ibadan side in a precarious 19th place in the 20-team Premier League log.
It is also interesting to note that the management of the club is already in talks with another coach even before the sack of Boamah on Monday night.
However, followers of the club are asking questions on why Franklin Howard, who guided the side from the National Division I League to the Premier League was shown the exit door when he had done nothing wrong.
The General Manager of the Ibadan club, Mutiu Adepoju, has assured that Boamah’s successor would be named before the league resumes on January 9 after the yuletide season.
But for now, can reveal that Adepoju would take charge of overseeing the team’s training sessions since he also doubles as technical director of the club and has a UEFA coaching licence.

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