26th March, 2012
Festus Allen has been suspended as coach of Nigeria Premier League, NPL, side Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC of Ibadan after a third straight loss on Sunday.
MTNFootball.com reports today that Allen has been formally asked to step aside after 3SC lost their third straight game yesterday to Kaduna United.
The Oluyole Warriors lost 2-0 in Kaduna and fell 3-0 to Kano Pillars in a midweek game. They also lost 1-0 to Heartland to make it three losses on the trot.
The team, who fought against relegation in the last two seasons, are second from bottom of the NPL table with 17 points from 15 matches.
Allen, former Coach of Bukola Babes (now ABS FC), who took over from Fatai Amoo at the start of this season, will now be replaced by his assistants Tunde Odubola and Busari Akeem.
They will therefore take charge of the team for Thursday’s home game against Kwara United.
Last week, Oyo State top official Dapo Lam Adesina warned that changes in the team were imminent following the indifferent performances of the Ibadan club.
Allen’s suspension will spark off another round of massive clear-out at the club, officials have now hinted.
The coach would have been suspended hours before the Kaduna United match after club manager Mutiu Adepoju travelled down to join the team armed with his suspension letter.
However, MTNFootball.com gathered it was later decided that the letter be given to the embattled coach only after the game.