Sunshine Stars FC of Akure head coach, Fatai Amoo has suggested to the League Management Company (LMC), to partner with the operators of various domestic airlines in the country, to airlift clubs and their players to the nearest airport to their away match venues.
Amoo said in a chat with NAN that this was to ease the stress and risk the various clubs experienced while traveling by road to honour their away matches in the league.
The coach, speaking on the backdrop of the participating clubs’ poor performances in away matches of the league, noted that traveling long distance by road was stressful and contributed to most away losses.
He said that the LMC could liaise with the local airliners for low charges from the various clubs, saying many of the clubs were not properly funded.
“Even if the clubs are to wear the airline company’s logo on their jerseys, then that’s not a problem, it can be arranged.
“I’m appealing to the LMC to please partner with some local airlines for the sake of away matches. Sometimes these players are stressed from travelling to really far states to play.
“And this adds to the woeful outcome of our away games. You find that when we have impeccable home matches, the clubs usually go for stressful away matches and lose,” he said.
According to him, the players after long distance of road journey need enough rest before their match to ensure stiffer competition in the Globacom Premier League.
“All the Globacom registered club travel by road to honour their away matches; this is not affecting only the Sunshine Stars, but all the other teams in the league.
“The journey is so long and tedious that the players are exhausted even before the game,” Amoo said.
He added that the matches in the league were so tightly scheduled and gives no room for clubs to rest a while before honouring other matches.
The coach said that he was unhappy with his team’s recent away results, adding that a lot needed to be done in that regards.
“I’m not happy about our away record. It’s really appalling and this is because of this uncomfortable circumstance the players are put in, in terms of long trips.
NAN reports Sunshine Stars currently occupies the 7th position in the league with 37 points after 26 matches.