The Sunshine Stars Football club of Akure has reportedly pencilled down about 20 players to be fired before the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League Ssason.
A source closed to the team said the Akure NPFL side which finished 10th on the league table in the 2016/ 2017 season was ready to do away with some players which were not productive to the club in the last season.
The source who did not reveal the identity of the affected players disclosed that the team was awaiting the approval of the Ondo State Football Agency before it would send the sack letters to the concerned players.
He said, “It is certain that some players would no longer be with us next season because of their low performance last season, so the team has compiled their names and very soon they would disclose their identity.
“It is a normal thing in football all over the world for clubs to send away their unwanted players, so there is no exception here in Sunshine. As at now 20 players may be laid off. ”
However, the media officer of Sunshine Stars, Mr. Chris Okunnuwa, denied the report, saying there was nothing like that development in the team.
He said, “We are not sacking any player, what happen is that some players are having some contracts with us, if they will be with us next season, their contracts will be renewed otherwise they will be relieved.
“It is a tradition in football that at the end of every season, some players will go while some will come into the team but in Sunshine, there is no plan to lay off 20 players, it is not true.”