The Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu has pledged more support to Sunshine Stars following their impressive outing against FC Ifeanyiubah on Sunday in Ijebu Ode.
The Governor who was on ground at the Dipo Dina Stadium to witness the the 4-0 win over the Anambra Warriors while interacting with journalists expressed satisfaction with Sunshine Stars display but plays down the significance of his N100 000 per goal promise in the big win.
“It is a happy ending for Sunshine Stars in their home matches. The team is good and I look forward to them winning the AITEO Cup. No doubt I will encouragement them more next season.”
“N100 000 per goal bounty? Am not sure they win because of that. The team is good, you see they need maybe just a draw in the last match of the season though am sure they win and we will move ahead from there.”
Also new Commissioner for Sports in Ondo State, Mr Saka Yusuf who was in company of the governor at game shared the sentiments of the governor during an interview with newsman after the game.
“I thank God for the victory. I assume office two days and this is my first assignment. The guys did not win as a result of Mr Governor’s promise they are good. Next we are expecting the FA (AITEO) Cup trophy.”
Meanwhile the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of the Ondo State Football Agency, Otunba (Hon) Gbenga Elegbeleye has expressed gratitude to Governor Akeredolu and other stakeholders on the soon to be accomplished mission.
Elegbeleye stated: “We thank God we are about achieving the mandate given to our committee which is to ensure Sunshine Stars avoid relegation. We are grateful to the Governor on the opportunity to showcase what we have. Thanks to the good people of Ondo State as well.”
“We are also grateful to Ijebu Ode. The people here supported and adopted Sunshine Stars as their own since our banishment to their land. It was indeed a home away from home for the team.”
The Otunba of Ikare Land handed the governor’s N400 000 cash gift for the four goals scored against Ifeanyiubah to the players at their base and revealed a more rewarding days for the players is Imminent.