Posted by: westafricanfootball | 10/01/2015

SHOOTING STARS FC – 2014 SEASON REVIEW

After winning promotion from the Nigeria National League 2014, Shooting Stars FC will feature in the Nigeria Professional Football League during the up-coming season. The Ibadan-based side is one of the most popular football clubs in the country, and a lot of Nigerian football fans will be happy to see them back in the top league.

Although Shooting Stars FC, often referred to as “3SC” or “Oluyole Warriors”, had a good season, the Nigeria National League was no walk in the park. The key behind the club’s success turned out to be their defensive strength. Shooting Stars FC conceded only 23 goals in 30 games. Goalkeeper Abiodun Akande was the first-choice goalkeeper, and the highly rated shot-stopper is good enough for bigger leagues. Francis Edem also had a good season in the heart of the defence. Quite surprisingly, veteran right-back Sylvanus Ebiaku became the top scorer of the club with 7 penalty goals. The picture, found on africanfootball.com, shows Ebiaku. 

The enterprising Oladele Eweje had a breakthrough season as a creative midfielder. The midfield was balanced by hard-working players such as Sola Adeboye and the experienced Moses James, a key player for Sunshine Stars FC for several seasons. Okiki Afolabi is a enterprising winger who has a bright future. I had expected more from Rafael Ademola, the once so talented winger who has played for CD Atlético Baleares (Spain).

The experienced Taofeek Adepoju showed yet again how important he is for the club he debuted for more than 10 years ago. Olamakinde Talabi, the exciting playmaker, showed glimpses of his immense talent towards the end of the season.

Obviously, Shooting Stars FC will be needing a lot more goals from their strikers during the up-coming season. Najeem Olukokun, who has played at third level of Belgian football, turned out to be the main striker at the club with 6 goals. Yau Abdullahi, a second striker or attacking midfielder, was a high-profile signing from Kaduna United FC. Surprisingly, he made few headlines during the season. Yemi Adeyeye and Femi Ojo are both hard-working, but not effective enough. Otegbeye Ajibola is a high-profile winger / striker who has a lot of qualities.

One of the most exciting players at Shooting Stars FC is definitely Oluwafemi Junior Ajayi, often referred to as Junior Ajayi. 3SC signed Ajayi from First Bank FC during the mid-season transfer window, and after several impressive games, Ajayi was named in the squad of the Nigeria U-23 national football team. At First Bank FC, Ajayi scored 4 goals, meaning he scored 6 goals in total during the 2014-season.

The following list shows the players I can document played at least one game for Shooting Stars FC during the season.

Name Position D.O.B. Nat. Goals
ABDULLAHI, Yau F 15.05.1988 NGA 1
ADEBOYE, Sola DM 06.08.1992 NGA 0
ADEMOLA, Rafael M / F 04.11.1990 NGA 1
ADEPOJU, Taofeek M / F 31.05.1987 NGA 4
ADEREMI, Mutiu NGA 0
ADESINA ADENIRAN, Thomas F 15.01.1992 NGA 0
ADEWALE, Mohammed Ibrahim DM 18.10.1993 NGA 0
ADEYEYE, Yemi F 29.04.1988 NGA 1
ADIGUN, Yomi D NGA 0
AFOLABI, Okiki M / F 12.12.1994 NGA 3
AJAYI, Oluwafemi Junior F NGA 2
AJIBOLA, Otegbeye M / F 22.10.1993 NGA 0
AKANDE, Abiodun G 10.12.1992 NGA 0
AKINBINU, Sunday F 06.06.1995 NGA 1
AKINSADE, Yomi NGA 0
AKINWANDE, Laide M NGA 0
AKINYEMI, Seun D NGA 0
ATTAH, Afeso G 03.04.1982 NGA 0
BABALOLA, Ibrahim DM NGA 0
CHIJOKE, Joseph F NGA 1
CLEMENT, Bobby F NGA 1
DANLADI, Isa G NGA 0
DOSU, John G 09.04.1986 NGA 0
EBIAKU, Sylvanus D 03.03.1984 NGA 7
EDEM, Francis D 01.03.1990 NGA 0
EFFIONG, Godwin NGA 2
EWEJE, Oladele AM NGA 2
IDOGBE, Timothy F 16.09.1985 NGA 0
IZU, Joseph NGA 0
JAMES, Moses M 07.08.1990 NGA 0
LANA, Michael M NGA 0
MOHAMMED, Sani DM NGA 1
OGUNLEYE, Gbenga D NGA 0
OGUNLEYE, Jacob Olayemi M / F 05.10.1992 NGA 1
OJO, Femi F NGA 2
OLUKOKUN, Najeem F 27.12.1990 NGA 6
OYELADE, Diran D 05.11.1989 NGA 0
SAMSON, Gift NGA 0
TALABI, Olamakinde AM 16.06.1995 NGA 1

 

Below, you will find a player presentation of some of the best players at the club:

Name: ABDULLAHI, YAU
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 15.05.1988
Position: Striker / Attacking midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2007-2008 FC Abuja(Nigeria) 1 ? 1
2008-2009 Sunshine Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 2
2009-2010 Sunshine Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2010-2011 Kwara United FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2012 Kaduna United FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 4
2013 Kaduna United FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 1
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 1

 

Name: ADEBOYE, SOLA
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 06.08.1992
Position: Defensive midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
Pepsi Football Academy(Nigeria)
2008.2009 Bussdor United FC(Nigeria) 2 ? ?
2009-2010 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2010-2011 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 1
2012 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2013 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 0

 

Name: ADEPOJU, TAOFEEK
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 31.05.1987
Position: Left-winger / Attacking midfielder / Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
2004 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? ?
2005 Unknown
2006 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? ?
2007 Unknown
2007-2008 Unknown
2008-2009 Unknown
2009-2010 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2010-2011 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 4
2012 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 1
2013 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 5
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 4

 

Name: ADEYEYE, YEMI
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 29.04.1988
Position: Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
2009-2010 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2010-2011 Crown FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2012 Crown FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 3
2012-2013 Crown FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 0
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 1

 

Name: AFOLABI, OKIKI
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 12.12.1994
Position: Winger / Attacking midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2012 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 1
2013 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 3

 

Name: AJAYI, OLUWAFEMI JUNIOR
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
Union Bank FC(Nigeria)
2014 First Bank FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 4
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 2

 

Name: AJIBOLA, OTEGBEYE
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 22.10.1993
Position: Winger / Striker / Attacking midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
Vela FC(Nigeria)
2012 Kwara United FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2013 ABS FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 3
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 0

 

Name: AKANDE, ABIODUN
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 10.12.1992
Position: Goalkeeper
Season Club L Games Goals
2010-2011 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2012 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2013 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 0

 

Name: EBIAKU, SYLVANUS
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 03.03.1984
Position: Right-back / Left-back
Season Club L Games Goals
2000-2001 Bendel Insurance FC(Nigeria) 1 ? ?
2001-2002 Bendel Insurance FC(Nigeria) 1 ? ?
2003 Bendel Insurance FC(Nigeria) 1 ? ?
2004 Bendel Insurance FC(Nigeria) 1 ? ?
2005 Bendel Insurance FC(Nigeria) 1 ? ?
2006 Bendel Insurance FC(Nigeria) 1 ? ?
2007 Unknown
2007-2008 Unknown
2008-2009 Nasarawa United FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2009-2010 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2010-2011 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2012 Dolphins FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2013 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 7

 

Name: EDEM, FRANCIS
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 01.03.1990
Position: Central defender
Season Club L Games Goals
2012 First Bank FC(Nigeria) 2 ? ?
2013 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 4
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 0

 

Name: EWEJE, OLADELE
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Attacking midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 2

 

Name: JAMES, MOSES
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 07.08.1990
Position: Defensive midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
Okomu Oil FC(Nigeria)
2008-2009 Sunshine Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2009-2010 Sunshine Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2010-2011 Sunshine Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2012 Sunshine Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2013 Unknown
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 0

 

Name: OGUNLEYE, JACOB OLAYEMI
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 05.10.1992
Position: Winger / Attacking midfielder
Season Club L Games Goals
FC Ebedei(Nigeria)
2010-2011 FC Midtjylland(Denmark) 1 0 0
2011-2012 FC Midtjylland(Denmark) 1 0 0
2012-2013 FC Midtjylland(Denmark) 1 0 0
2013 Sunshine Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 1
2013 Bayelsa United FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 1

 

Name: OJO, FEMI
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: Unknown
Position: Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
2012 Rising Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 1
2013 Unknown
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 2

 

Name: OLUKOKUN, NAJEEM
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 27.12.1990
Position: Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
Steeb Football Academy(Nigeria)
Prime FC(Nigeria)
2009-2010 Royale Union Saint-Gilloise(Belgium) 3 ? ?
2010-2011 Royale Union Saint-Gilloise(Belgium) 3 ? ?
2012 Rising Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2013 Kwara United FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 3
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 6

 

Name: TALABI, OLAMAKINDE
Nationality: NIGERIA
DOB: 16.06.1995
Position: Attacking midfielder / Winger / Striker
Season Club L Games Goals
2012 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 3
2013 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 1 ? 0
2014 Shooting Stars FC(Nigeria) 2 ? 1

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