Coach Udi dumps Sunshine Stars

Published on: 02 December 2017

Coach Duke Udi is set to dump the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Sunshine Stars due to harsh and inclement condition.

The former Nigerian star and Osun United coach helped the Owena Waves to avoid relegation in the immediate past top-flight.

Sources at the Akure side and a close confidant disclosed that the former Giwa FC manager is no longer comfortable with the situation at the club, especially as it concerns the team's pre-season build-up for the upcoming league season.

“The situation at Sunshine Stars at the moment is one no coach worth his onion will want to continue with, even a second longer. It’s outright intolerable condition that is prevailing at the Akure side.

“The coach felt that if he did not leave immediately everything he has laboured and worked for himself in the time past will crumble right on his face.

“The coach felt that the management of the side did not learn anything from the tough circumstances that saw the side barely managing to escape relegation in the past season.

“To worsen the situation the new sports commissioner went public to announce a huge slash on the take home of the coach from Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N600,000) to Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N400,000), perhaps as reward for guiding the side to avoid relegation.

“Aside, the situation is steadily worsening by seconds as the side are nowhere close to beginning any form of preseason programme less than 40 days to the commencement of the new league season.

“The side’s two key players, the highest goal scorer, Otegbeye Ajibola, and Dayo Ojo, have moved over to the camp of Aiteo Cup winners, Akwa United. Others like that have gone to competing and rival sides for greener pastures.

“The only semblance of pre-season programme was the 1-0 loss build-up game against Enyimba in Ado Ekiti just after one week training. Enyimba have been in Ado Ekiti for weeks on closed camping.

“The management insistence that every player must come on free transfer is not helping matter one bit, the question is how a team could get a quality player on that term.

“Even those who managed to come almost run away immediately once the reality in camp dawn on them.

“Sunshine Stars are supposed to participate in the preseason South West tournament in Lagos but that has been called off due to no fund to prosecute the programme.

“The truth is at the moment Sunshine Stars do not have any player on ground to engage in meaningful preseason programme.

“The coach considered these problems and felt it’s better for him to pack his bags and go home before the system collapses on his head.

“Sunshine Stars struggled to avoid relegation the last time the thinking is that things will be done differently but no it’s even getting worst on a daily basis.

“The coach is owed two and half month salaries while the players are owed two months and they must strike to receive any form of attention.

“The former sole administrator, Gbenga Elegbeleye was somehow helpful to the needs of the club but since he left Sunshine Stars have not seen any iota sunshine.

“Sunshine Stars are still stuck in Akure nothing is happening or about to happen, the condition remains terrible.

“The coach said he has thought of everything overnight and the best bet at the moment is for him to quit with his head held high.

“The coach felt the condition is ripe to go because the team is mostly likely to fail in its assignment and the coaches will be blamed and sacked inevitably,” said the source to

The Akure landlords finished the out gone season on the 10th spot on 54 points, 12 behind league winners Plateau United