The Director of Administration, Crown FC of Ogbomoso, Kunle Oyeleye, has debunked the accusation that the team’s supporters are ruffians, insisting that they were passionate supporters.
Oyeleye made the assertion in an interview with newsmen in Lagos while previewing the activities of the team for the 2017/2017 Bet9ja Nigeria National League (NNL).
The administrator was responding to claims that some cross section of the clubs supporters are unruly which led to the clamp down of the stadium last season.
Oyeleye said that the team’s supporters were very passionate about the club, adding that some underlining effects also contributed to fans trouble at match venues.
“Crown FC supporters are passionate supporters and not radicals or ruffians. They are always there to give their darling team the needed support.
“The type of crowd witnessed in the Ogbomoso Stadium is quite different from what is being experienced at other centres. Maybe there may be some exception which is the situation all over.
“The fans always troop out in their numbers to support the team which they deserve credit for. On many occasions, there are other factors that can lead to crowd trouble which include incitements.
“There are also other underlining problems such as poor officiating which could lead to violence; but we are always frowning at violence whatever the case may be,’’ he said.
Oyeleye said that sometimes some people might sponsor fracas in the stadium to discredit the home team, an act which the club also frowned at.
“Sometimes, some visiting fans also sponsor crisis in the stadium for their own selfish interests, which may not even be known to the home team.
“Sometimes too, winning at all cost mentality is a great disservice to our games. An act whereby a team will want to win by all means which may cause disaffections.
“We are on course of re-orientation of our esteemed fans on the need to keep it cool during league matches.
“We are also making frantic efforts at bringing all the stakeholders together to fashion a roadmap for the team’s preparation in the NNL,’’ he said.
Oyeleye said the club would engage some new players to fortify the team for the 2017/2018 season in order to try luck at gaining promotion to the elite division.
“We have a unique recruitment style which has been helpful in the past and that is the reason for having many exports from our clubs doing well elsewhere”.
Race For Zenith Bank B’Ball League Top Four Resumes
The battle for the final two slots for the 2023 Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League will begin at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State, with MFM Women Basketball Club and Bayelsa Blue Whales looking to secure one of the two slots.
Two teams; Nigerian Customs and Air Warriors secured two slots from the Savannah Conference and now, the Atlantic Conference teams will battle to win the two other slots to complete the Top Four for Final Phase.
The Second Phase of the Atlantic Conference was postponed due to the recently concluded National Youth Games and with the arrival of all teams, hostilities began yesterday with Bayelsa Whales and MFM taking on Dolphins and Sunshine Angels, respectively.
MFM, who finished second in the last edition will have to be at their best as they are currently third on the table coming from the First Phase where they won three games while losing two while Bayelsa Whales on the other hand are second with four wins and a loss against undefeated First Bank who is poised to finish top of the table.
First Bank will hope to continue their impressive form when they meet IGP Queens who are also hoping to create an upset and get a slot to be in Lagos for the finals scheduled later in October.
NRFF President Hails ValueJet’s Contribution to Rugby Development
President of Nigeria Rugby Football Federation, NRFF, Dr Ademola Are has hailed the impact of ValueJet’s to rugby development and sports generally in the country.
Dr Are who was speaking on the sideline of the just concluded National Youth Games in Asaba, where Delta State emerged winners in both the male and female events of rugby, said ValueJet’s contributions to sports development could not be overlooked..
“We can’t over emphasize the impact of ValueJet in Nigeria rugby because they came at a time we needed them the most and all thanks to the president of the company, Kunle Soname who went the extra mile to ensure that Nigeria senior men national team, the Black Stallions participated at Africa Sevens Olympic qualifier in Harare, Zimbabwe.
“Despite not being the most popular sport in the country, he saw the potentials in rugby when others were hesitating, just like he has for other businesses of his with his canny business acumen.
Peseiro Congratulates Rivers Utd
Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro has congratulated Rivers United following their victory over Etoile Filante of Burkina Faso which ensured their qualification to the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Rivers United defeated their visitors 2-0 in the second leg of the second preliminary round of CAF Confederation Cup at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt on Sunday night.
Rivers United missed two penalties in the game before Alex Oyowah scored the opener in the 89th minute. Oyowah completed his brace in the 10th minute of added time after converting a penalty to end the score 2-0.
The first leg of the encounter ended 0-0 two weeks ago at the Stade Muncipal Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire, giving the Pride of Rivers a 2-0 aggregate win and a group stage ticket.
Peseiro hailed the former Nigeria league champions on his personal X handle following their achievement.
“Congratulations to Rivers United on making it to the CAF Confederation Cup group stage. Best of luck in the competition!,” he wrote.
Rivers United reached the quarter-final stage of the CAF Confederation Cup last season before being eliminated by Young Africans of Tanzania.
Up next for Stanley Eguma led side is their first Nigeria Premier Football League NPFL game of the season against Niger Tornadoes slated for the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Sunday.
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