Shooting Stars Sports Club is a Nigerian football club based in Ibadan, Nigeria. The club currently plays in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the country’s highest level of professional club football.
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Shooting Stars SC History
When the club first entered the Nigerian Premier League in 1972, they competed under the name WNDC Ibadan (Western Nigeria Development Company). They later changed their name to IICC (Industrial Investment and Credit Corporation) Shooting Stars of Ibadan.
The club was one of the original founders of the league. The late Jide Johnson and Niyi Omowon, known as the “Aare Odan Liberty” (Generalissimo of Liberty Stadium), were both team foundation members. They came up with the idea to give the club the nickname “Shooting Stars” because they felt that the players deserved the title of “star” in their own right.
Lekan Salami Stadium is where one of the most popular football clubs in Nigeria, Shooting Stars, plays their home games. Shooting Stars matches are among the most watched in Nigeria. The stadium was given its current name in honor of a well-known and longtime supporter of the team who passed away recently. Before, the team known as “Sooting” by its fans used to play at the illustrious Liberty Stadium, which served as one of the venues for the global youth soccer championship in 1999.
Players with notable roles on the team included Aderoju Omowon, Niyi Akande, Jossy Lad, and Amusa Adisa. Shooting Stars was the first club in Nigeria to win the FA Cup on a club basis in 1971. Along with Enugu Rangers and the now-defunct Stationery Stores of Lagos, Shooting Stars is one of the club teams in Nigeria that has amassed the most honors and trophies.
In point of fact, Shooting Stars and Enugu Rangers are known as the traditional football clubs in the country. Both clubs dominated the football scene in the country during the 1970s and 1980s, when football was at its height of popularity in the country.
The Shooting Stars have been successful in many of their encounters against the continent’s best club clubs. After the first leg of the final between 3SC and Nakivubo Villa of Uganda resulted in a goalless draw, 3SC went on to win the inaugural CAF Cup by defeating Nakivubo Villa of Uganda 3–0 at the Lekan Salami stadium.
They became the first Nigerian club side to win an international title in 1976 when they triumphed in the African Cup Winners Cup competition. A large number of well-known worldwide talents have previously played for Shooting Stars, such as “the mathematician” Segun Odegbami, former African Footballer of the Year Rashidi Yekini, and many others. noteworthy players Rashidi Yekini, Segun Odegbami, Felix Owolabi, Niyi Akande, Taiwo Ogunjobi, Duke Udi, Olumide Harris, Golden Ajeboh, Ajibade Babalade, Ademola Johnson, and Jude Axelsson.
They finished their 2004–2005 campaign in the Premier League in fifth position overall. Shooting Stars were demoted to the lower division in 2006 as a result of the peculiar double-league system that was implemented by the Nigerian Football Association.
However, they were promoted back to the higher tier in 2009 after finishing in second place in the Division 1B. On the final day of the 2017 NPFL season, they were dropped to the lower division. In July of 2019, after being defeated by Akwa Starlets in a promotion playoff, Head Coach Edith Agoye and the rest of the 3SC Management board decided to step down from their positions.
Shooting Stars SC Stadium
Adamasingba Stadium (sometimes called Lekan Salami stadium) is a multi-use stadium in Ibadan, Nigeria. The Shooting Stars Football Club and a few other Ibadan-based local teams call it their home stadium, and it sees the majority of its use right now for football matches. The stadium is able to accommodate up to 10,000 people at once.
Shooting Stars FC is a very successful team that has a large number of devoted followers. They were crowned champions in 1993, but shortly thereafter they fell to the very bottom of the standings. Many people believe that a lack of a maintenance culture is to blame for the rot and decay that has caused the majority of the facilities to become obsolete. Despite this, the potential of the sporting complex has not been utilized to its fullest extent. Many of the constructions have been overrun by vegetation and colonized by various kinds of reptiles as the years have passed.