Ondo State Government has ordered the dissolution of the state’s football club, Sunshine Stars.
The dissolution affects the club’s technical crew, technical pool staff and players of the Sunshine Stars football club of Akure.
In a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Youth Development and Sport, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, recent poor performances of the club was cited as the reason for the dissolution.
The statement also stated that the move by the state government became imperative in order to reposition the club which finished 18th on the Nigerian Professional Football League, NPFL, last season.
The statement reads “Following the directive of Mr. Governor to reposition Ondo State Football Agency for better performance and effective output, it has become necessary to dissolve the technical crew, technical pool staff and players of the Sunshine Stars football club of Akure.
It is on record that the team managed to escape relegation last season and ended up in the 18th position out of the 20 teams that participated at the just concluded football season.
However, the crises that, which rocked the NFF during the season gave automatic ticket to all the teams for the new season saved Sunshine Stars from being relegated. The team also lost out in the AITEO-FA sponsored competition this year.
In view if these poor performances, it has become necessary to reposition the team for better performance during the forthcoming season.
We wish to appreciate the efforts and contributions of affected staff for their past contributions as management of the board has been directed to take notice of payment of affected staff and their salaries,” the statement read.