Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) coach Fatai Amoo has blamed the strike embarked upon by some players of the club, for their relegation from the Nigeria Professional Football League.

3SC were beaten by Niger Tornadoes 2-0 in the final day of the league on Saturday to dash their hope of survival despite earning 50 points.

Amoo revealed that senior players at the club went on strike and refused to train just days to the final game, and the consequence was the relegation.

“They couldn’t fight against Niger Tornadoes because they had fought themselves by way of embarking on a stupid strike. When you don’t train what you have is what you give and they have seen the result of what they have done.

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“The so-called senior players have relegated the team. They did the same thing last year, but for God’s grace. This is what they have been doing.

“Do you then allow such players to remain in this team?

“They are owed a month’s salary which was only delayed and they decided not to train and you can see the result now.”

The Ibadan club got promotion to the top tier two seasons ago but managed to survive last season.

The Oluyole Warriors, who were the first Nigerian club to win an international competition – the African Cup Winners Cup in 1976 –  were first relegated from the top league in 2006.

They will now play in the Nigeria National League next season.

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