Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Sunday in Ibadan watched Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) defeat Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure 2-1.
The governor led all other members of the State Executive Council to watch the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game.
3SC secured its goals through two penalty kicks scored by Sunday Adetunji in the 33rd and 90th minutes of the week 29 fixture.
Sunshine Stars got their lone goal through Meshak Chukwu in the 23rd minute of the game.
Speaking on his presence at the match, Ajimobi said the state government was committed to football development and sports generally in the state.
“`Football is rich in entrepreneurship and provides employment, apart from its revenue generation capabilities and improvement of the individual’s well-being,’’ he said.
Ajimobi acknowledged that both teams played well but the losers must be contented as there must be a winner in the game of football.
He promised more support for both the 3SC FC and Crown FC of Ogbomoso, adding that his administration was poised to rehabilitate sports facilities in the state.
Coach Gbenga Ogunbote of 3SC FC also described their victory as a good win, saying they lost many goal scoring chances because of the tension associated with the game.
Ogunbote said it was a South-West derby they had expected to be difficult, and the position of the team on the table motivated the win.
He added that the presence of the governor at the match also motivated the players to put in their best at securing the three points.
“I think we all saw the anxiety to win in the players, because the governor was on seat. We will also work hard to ensure victory in our next away match with Ikorodu United FC,” the coach said.
Coach Solomon Ogbeide of Sunshine Stars FC, on his part, said the loss was not a bitter defeat, adding that his players played well.
He said the League Management Committee (LMC) has to work on revamping officiating and security for the league to grow.
In his comments, Seun Akinyemi, the captain of 3SC, said they worked hard to secure the victory.
He added that the presence of the governor at the match gave them more strength to win.
The captain of Sunshine Stars, Abe Sunday, said they tried their best but were unlucky to have lost the game.
“We have no problems with 3SC, because we are brothers. But we have problem with the officiating. However, I don’t have much to say. That is football,” he said.