ABEOKUTA – Football enthusiasts in Abeokuta on Wednesday said they were happy with the qualification of Remo Stars of Ogun State to the Nigeria Premier Professional League (NPFL).
NEWS FLAGSHIP reports that some of the fans thanked the club owner, Kunle Soname for supporting the club.
NEWS FLAGSHIP also reports that the club, popularly referred to as “Sky Blue’’, sealed their qualification to the elite division in Aba on Wednesday following their 2-1 victory over Delta Force in the final match of the Super 8 League.
The Ikenne-based club trailed their group with the six points.
The team had earlier recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory in its first match against 3SC of Ibadan and lost the second game to Bendel Insurance of Benin.
The fans also commended the players and their coaching crew for their determination to play in the nation’s top flight.
A fan, Michael Adesanya, described the qualification as the biggest sports news of the year.
He said that the players deserved the encomium being showered on them.
“This is a wonderful way to begin the year in the sports calendar of the state. They sure deserve this and I hope they will remain there, at the top flight of the nation’s league.
“At least, it will avail football lovers in Ogun State to have the opportunity of watching top flight football in the state this season”.
Adesanya urged the coaching crew to retain quality players in the team and call for recruitment of good players to fortify the squad.
Another fan, Tobi Ojelade said that the club’s qualification to the premier league would open up more commercial activities to the state.
He said that corporate organizations should not relent in the drive to invest in the club.
“We have all seen how investment of the owner has paid off; if they continue in this regard, Remo Stars qualification for continental tournaments will happen in no distant time,’’ Ojelade said.
Similarly, the SWAN Assistant Secretary in Ogun State, Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji called on the players and the club management to see their qualification as call for more work.
NEWS FLAGSHIP reports that Remo Stars qualified to the elite division of the Nigeria league after relegated to the Nigeria National League in 2017.