On the saga between Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan (3SC) and Kano Pillars Football Club, over the transfer of Ayobami Junior. Earlier reports revealed that the 3SC captain joined Kano Pillars on three years contract, and has since resumed training with the Kano-based club.
However, the development took another twist as the management of the 3SC insisted Abayomi Junior remains a bonafide player of the club.
While speaking from Kano during a telephone interview with Damilola Amuda (Goal Getter) on Petals 102.3 FM on Thursday, Ayobami disclosed he’s a free agent and was at Shooting Stars on loan.
“I came to Shooting on loan, that was in 2015/16 when we were in the Premier League. We got relegated, and I was told to just play with them. I waited to play in the NNL and I played in the NNL for 3 seasons.
We have a group chat platform, where players and coaches do interact during the lockdown, and the team manager, Demaji Lawal asked the players that anyone who wishes to stay should just notify the club.
Some of my colleagues expressed their
desire to stay. And I notified the club on the platform that I won’t be able to stay if there’s no real negotiation.”
On how he moved to Kano Pillars, the player said, “I got a call from Kano Pillars if I’m interested in coming to play in Kano. I was so excited because I believe it’s a good opportunity for me.
I have gotten this type of opportunity when we got relegated, be I decided to stay with Shooting Stars because they brought me to limelight as well. Now I just have to move on, and like I said earlier, I was on loan at 3SC.”
However, 3SC through its media officer Tosin Omojola confirmed to Petals FM that the club requested for six million naira from Kano Pillars when they contacted 3SC for the signing of Ayobami Junior.
“The General Manager, Mr Rasheed Balogun said Shooting Stars isn’t a Father Christmas and Pillars should do the right thing. And Pillars sent an email to them, but 3SC were asking Pillars for 6 Million naira.
To be honest, since I’ve been at Shooting Stars, I haven’t earned up to six million naira during my four seasons with them, and Kano Pillars chairman said what 3SC is asking for is too much,” the player said.
Ayobami was also asked if he receives a new contract offer from 3SC before Kano Pillars came for him.
“I wasn’t offered any new contract, because during the lockdown I have madup my mind that I won’t be playing with Shooting Stars again because, there are many things going on which I don’t want to say. I could see how they are running the club and I don’t to interfere.
The player confirmed he’s in the Kano Pillars camp already, and has been training with the team after signing a 3-year-contract with the club.
He also stated that the desire to play in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) and the CAF Confederation Cup prompted him to join Kano Pillars because it’s a big opportunity.
“I requested for contract paper, I mailed the NNL that I want my contract paper from 3SC since two weeks ago. But NNL claim they haven’t seen the email I sent.
“Because most of the players in 3SC do not have their contract papers, and that’s very sad because most of them don’t know where they belong. I just want to have the contract paper with me because it’s very clear that they can change it, and change the year as well,” he added.
However, Ayobami refused to confirm if the League Management Company (LMC) has cleared him to play for the Aiteo Cup holders.