Boamah gets the sack

Shooting Stars head coach, Philip Boamah became the second in the Nigeria Premier League this season to get the sack.



Phillip Boamah’s short tenure as Shooting Stars Chief Coach ended on Monday as the veteran tactician was finally given the chop by management after a run of poor results.

3SC’s General Manager Mutiu Adepoju confirmed the latest development, citing poor results as the main reason behind the decision.

“Yes, we have decided to get rid of the coach,” he said. “This was in view of the poor performances that were recorded by Shooting Stars in the course of the current season which has seen the club occupying last position on the league ladder with just 10 points in 11 matches.”

The official position had always been to act within reason, particularly on the issue of hiring a new coach, but pressure from the club’s fans, well-wishers and stakeholders finally took its toll on the ageing former Dolphins coach following the 2-0 defeat by Sharks just before the Xmas break.

Before now there had been indications that Boamah would not last at the helm. After the scoreless draw result against Ocean Boys on November 28, he told the press that the players he met on ground were not premiership material. Seemingly, this statement did not go down well with the management but he was accorded more time to redeem his image. However, the next two games against Kwara United and Enugu Rangers also ended in goalless stalemates.

In the official statement made available on Monday, the club said: “The management of Shooting Stars has relieved Phillip Boamah of his duties as Chief Coach with immediate effect. This is to effect a redress of the precarious position that the club presently finds itself. The club’s hierarchy took the decision after a marathon meeting held on Monday in Ibadan, and this is seen to be in the best interest of Shooting Stars. A capable replacement is being sought to replace the sacked coach,” the statement concluded.

Boamah, who came on board following the sack of Franklin Howard at the close of last season, was only able to win twice in 11 fixtures, amassing only 10 points in the club’s worst possible start to a season in years.
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