The former Super Eagles player, Mutiu Adepoju, is a General Manger of 3SC of Ibadan.The Oluyole Boys have started the Nigerian League in this season on a good note. Adepoju told SUNDAY AKINTOYE in this interview that 3SC are on course to grab the ticket.
Samson Siasia has just been appointed as the coach of Super Eagles, what is your take on this?
Samson Siasia is the right man for the job. He has achieved a lot within the years he spent as chief coach of Flying Eagles. He almost won the World Youth Championship held in Holland, which was eventually won by Argentina. He also tutored the U-23 Dream team to Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Nobody gave him a chance until he won silver medal for us. If you look at his past record as coach and player, you will agree with me that Siasia is good for the job.
With the crop of players in the Super Eagles, do you think he will succeed?
He knows the problem of the Eagles and I believe he will go extra mile to win titles for Nigeria.
What is your impression of the ongoing Nigeria Premier League?
Honestly, it has improved tremendously. A lot of away victories have been recorded so far. The officiating, standard and organisation of the matches are quite impressive. The organisers have done well, but it is unfortunate that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has annulled the board of Nigeria Premier League, NPL.
Shooting Stars Sports Club, 3SC, are still in the middle of the table, what is your reaction about this?
The club has not done bad in the league. Our position is not too bad on the table. We are waxing stronger and I pray that 3SC will achieve its aim at the end of the season.
Are you saying that 3SC will win the league?
We may not win the league but we are sure of continental ticket. If you come to 3SC now everybody is working for the progress of the club. I am happy that Fatai Amoo is an experienced coach, he can take the club to the next level. We saw his contribution when he was in Julius/Berger FC, First Bank and as assistant coach to Super Eagles, so I am very optimistic that 3SC will grab the continental ticket.
3SC have not recorded away victories this season, what went wrong?
There is nothing wrong with the team. Though we drew in our away matches, we did not perform below expectations. I want to assure you that before the season ends, Shooting Stars will win away matches.
Is it true that 3SC plan to buy new players during the transfer window?
I cannot answer the question. It is left for the coach to decide whether to buy new players or not. As at now, we are not buying any new player.
Did you receive a letter from NFF that one of your players, Gbolahan Salami, has been invited to the Super Eagles camp ahead of Obama Cup invitational tournament holding next month in USA?
3SC have not received any letter to that effect. I just read it in the newspaper that Salami was one of the home-based players that Siasia invited to camp.
Do you think 3SC can win the league this season?
The ambition of every club is to win the league. I wonâ€™t be surprised if Shooting Stars won the league.