Plans are on top gear towards ensuring that the Ondo State Football Agency, ODSFA, which has been managing the state’s football clubs (Sunshine Stars FC, Sunshine Queens and Rising Stars), is scrapped.
The proposed plan came to the fore during the submission of the report by a three-man committee headed by Gbenga Adesioye which was set up in July 14 by the Ondo State Government to look into how best to run the state-owned three football clubs.
According to Adesioye, who submitted the report to the state’s Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, stated that ODSFA was established to develop football in Ondo State but it has no legal backing, which he described as an aberration.
He further stated that ODSFA did not add any value to football in the state, therefore advised the government to give it a “decent burial” because it was no longer useful.
“We recommend that ODSFA be scrapped. We also recommend that Sunshine stars FC, be managed by a-five management team.
“A professional management team should be set up for ODSFA, while Sports Council should be managing the Sunshine Queens,” he recommended.
The committee, which recommended that the feeder team should be used solely for the discovery of new talents, also advised that the debt profile of ODSFA should be looked into as well as the reduction of the over-bloated staff of the agency.
In his reaction, the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, commended the committee for the job, stressing that something must be done about the challenges of football management in the state.
He said the last administration ran the agency with millions of naira, despite that, they were still owing players months of unpaid salaries.
“Definitely the problem of ODSFA is not financial, rather it is a structural problem.
“We recently received a letter from FIFA for the debt to the tune of N20million,” he said, adding that “three committees had been set up before this one, still the agency was still in crisis.
“LMC and NFF did not recognise ODSFA , all their correspondence have been with Sunshine management.
“We are going to take step to address the issues. We won’t mind stepping on toes, we can’t continue to be at the mercy of the coaches we employed.”