Monday, February 15, 2010

Adepoju Unimpressed With Shooting Stars

Caretaker coach of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Mutiu Adepoju, has expressed displeasure with the performance of his side in last weekend’s grudge game against Gateway Football Club.
Though Shooting Stars won by a lone to move a point above the relegation zone, Adepoju told that the team did not impress in a cagey game at the rough turf of the Liberty Stadium in Ibadan.
Adepoju, who doubles as General Manager and Technical Director of the club, has been left to complain about the quality of his side since he took charge in interim capacity as coach since the sack of Philip Boamah last December.
The former Nigeria international also admitted that the Oluyole Warriors has found it difficult to score goals in its games this season, which has left it as the only side yet to score in an away game in the ongoing campaign.
With the season already half way, Shooting Stars has scored only 11 goals, which represents 0.5 goal(s) per game and has conceded 13 goals.
“We have been very poor as a team I must say especially when you look at our goalscoring record in the league this season. I am not impressed that we are struggling because before the start of the season we had our plans and ambitions,” began Adepoju in an interview with “We have played really badly in some games this season just like we have done against Gateway on Saturday. In games that we should have killed off our opponents, we failed to do and we have had to drop points and that’s not good for us as a team that wants to play in the Premier League.”
The Shooting Stars’ interim gaffer is also worried about the poor away form of Shooting Stars, which has seen the Ibadan side pick just a point from 27 on the road – the poorest record in away games so far in this season’s campaign.
But the Shooting Stars’ chief believes that he and his backroom staff has the onus of putting the side into shape in order to save the team’s first season in the top-flight in three years from crumbling.
“I am concerned about our performance in away games but we must find a way to address that issue. This is our first season in the Premier League and we must do well. We still have a chance because the season is just half way and we still have the chance of correcting the problems in the team,” he said.
Already, Shooting Stars began its clearing out of players regarded as surplus to requirement last week by placing eight players on transfer.
The club’s plan ahead of the second half of the season understands is to prune down the number of ineffective players and acquire new players as well as promote young players from its youth team handled by Babatunde Odubola.

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