*Nation’s best interest will resolve my movement after CHAN
By Olayinka Elebute
Embattled former Shooting Stars of Ibadan player and CHAN-bound Sunday Faleye, has come out to say his club status will be resolved before he returns from CHAN. The player who spoke to www.gongnews.net in the Eagles camp has cleared the air about the club that he will be playing for.
“I read the story from Akwa United Chairman Paul Bassey, but you know he is my father and he wanted me to play for his team. The issue with my former club (3SC of Ibadan) will be sorted out between the two teams, I will also like to appreciate the effort of my father Mr. Rasheed Balogun. He gave me the opportunity to play for one of the biggest teams in Nigeria, Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan and I never disappointed him. He loves to see me progress. I believe whatever is the issue it will all be resolved by the time I come back from CHAN.”
“I can tell you I will play for Akwa United when I come back from Morocco and I will also play for them in the CAF Confederation Cup” he assured www.gongnews.net
It would be recalled that President of Lagos-based Nationwide side Freestan FC, Prince Efemena Elutabe, added to the controversy when she made a swift reaction to a press release by the management of Shooting Stars Football Club (3SC) of Ibadan in which it declared one of its players Sunday Faleye in the last season missing from its camp.
According to him, Faleye, who was one of the brightest lights in a hugely forgettable season for the Ibadan side, is a bonafide player of Freestan and was only loaned to 3SC for the last season.
“I am surprised by the statements from the camp of 3SC declaring Faleye as their player. It is a media campaign aimed at deceiving the football world. I gave Faleye to 3SC free on loan without collecting a Kobo from them. It is only for a season. And since the season has ended, the young lad has rightly returned to his mother club, which is Freestan FC,” Elutabe explained.
He also rubbished claims that the player absconded after collecting his monthly salary. “This is funny because the salary they claim to have paid the young man was for the month of August. So what are they talking about?” he quipped.
The businessman cum club owner went on to admonish the NFF and LMC to support the smaller clubs in the country against the bully nature of bigger teams in the country. “What’s happening in our football is like the sharks trying to swallow up the little fishes in the ocean. These nefarious activities must be nipped in the bud, if the essence is truly to develop football from the grassroots, ” he added.