League Management Company, the body tasked with running the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), has granted a partial reprieve to Sunshine Stars which will enable them register and field seven of their new players for the 2017/2018 NPFL season.
The league body has earlier barred the Ondo State government owned club from registering new players by failing to approve their (players) licenses for the professional league season, citing litigation issues bordering on indebtedness to former staff with two of the affected players dragging the club to the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chambers.
According to a series of tweets from the official handle of the LMC, the reprieve came after settlements were agreed between the club and seven of the aggrieved players.
This will allow the Akure based club field seven new players when they host Kano Pillars at the Akure Sports Complex on Sunday.
Reacting to this development, the chairman of Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA) who also doubles as the club president, Otunba Tajudeen Akinyemi, assured that the situation is under control and that the board is working towards clearing all the club’s financial issues.
”Since we came on board we have been fulfiling our financial obligations to our personnel. The issue on ground has nothing to do with us but the past administrations but we have the will to address it. You know the system is continuous and the situation is already under control.” Akinyemi said.
He also blamed the bitpart resolution on the slow response from some of the parties involved.
”Yes LMC only allow us to use seven (less than half) of our new players for our next match. The situation would have been fully resolved but their have been delays in response from some parties we are to reach agreement with.” He concluded.
Sunshine Stars sit 5th on the NPFL table with 11 points from seven games.