3rd February, 2012
Shooting Stars goalkeeper is upbeat that they can win the 2011/12 Nigeria Premier League, NPL, shield. The youth international boasted that they are prepared and can go all the way to challenge for the title.
Dele Ajiboye said that his team have what it takes to topple reigning champions, Dolphins of Port Harcourt.
He boasted that since they defeated Dolphins 1-0 in the midweek fixture, they are not afraid of any other team in the league.
According to him “we are good for the title. With the way we played against Dolphins, I don’t see any team stopping us”.
He also stated his readiness to play for the coach Stephen Keshi-led Super Eagles if given the opportunity, saying “I can help the senior national team if called upon any time of the day”.
3SC took the lead from the spot in the 13th minute after Dolphins defender, Kenneth Anyanwu, handled the ball in the box and the referee, Chibuzor Udeh, awarded a penalty to ‘The Oluyole Warriors’, which shot stopper Dele Ajiboye converted in his second game.
3SC coach, Festus Allen, gave Edyinoke Robert, Shola Adeboye and Jonathan Onyebuchi their first starts of the season, while the team skipper Yomi Adigun started for the second straight game in place of the injured Adigun Olamide.
New signing Akanbi Morenikeji came on in the 38th minute for largely ineffective Onyeabuchi, but his stay was short-lived as he collided with Hassan Hussain of Dolphin, who also had to be replaced.
It was a morale boosting victory for 3SC, who now have 8 points from 5 games played so far.
“We played a very good game to earn the maximum points after we were held to a draw at home by Gombe. This was an important victory,” said Allen.
“We have a good team, who are good enough to challenge for the title. But the last three results seemed to have affected the morale of the team.
“This result shows that we have overcome our fear. All the same, we still need to work hard for our subsequent matches. What we need now is to focus our attention on our next game against Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC.”
Allen will now face his former team, who axed him after a string of poor results.
“We can’t afford to lose any game now and we are going to Ilorin to claim our maximum points.”
In his reaction, Dolphin coach Stanley Eguma said his team played very well but failed to convert their chances, while expressing some reservations on some calls by the referee.
“I give kudos to my boys. We were just unfortunate to lose against Shooting Stars, but I still commend my players,” Eguma told MTNFootball.com