The Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC FC) gave a thrilling performance during their game against NK Tabor Sežana of Slovenia at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan by netting four goals without conceding any.
The match which marked the beginning of the hosting of sporting events at the stadium which was reconstructed 45 years since it was first built, was the highlight of the events marking the commissioning of the stadium by Governor Seyi Makinde.
The two teams had a tough first half as they played under a torrential downpour but the international standard of the pitch prevented the match from being called off by the referee as the match ball could still bounce on the field.
The NK Tabor Sežana side put up a very defying first half performance which was only torn apart after much pressure from the 3SC attack causing them to concede a lone goal in the half.
The second half saw a more loose Tabor defence as 3SC attackers gave the Tabor defenders a run for their money and put three goals past the Sežana goalkeeper who found it difficult to make saves due to the wetness of the field.
3SC’s performance according to some excited fans after the game signifies the beginning of more giant strides in the area of sports in Oyo State and they expressed optimism in the fact that 3SC will be motivated to gain promotion to the Nigerian Premier league now that they have a stadium good enough for their league matches.
Earlier, a novelty football match was played between ex-Shooting Stars Sports Club players and ex-Super Eagles players of the 94/98 set to mark the beginning of new things for sports in Oyo State.
The match which saw the ex-Super Eagles stars go ahead with a goal from Austin Jay-Jay Okocha and an equalizer by the “Man of the Moment”, Governor Seyi Makinde for the ex-Shooting Stars team, ended a goal apiece in what was a fierce contest between the two teams.
Playing in the ex-Super Eagles team were; Taribo West, Tijani Babangida, Victor Ikpeba, Ike Shoronmu, Peter Rufai, Austin Eguavoen, Garba Lawal, Victor Agali and Jay-Jay Okocha, who were all members of the “golden generation” of the 94/98 Super Eagles team.
Also, witnessing the commissioning of the stadium and the football matches were, the Chairman South West Governors Forum, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, a former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, a former technical adviser of the Super Eagles, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and other dignitaries as well as spectators who were present at the ultra-modern Sports Facility located in the City of Ibadan.