September 22, 2023

Sunshine Stars FC of Akure on Sunday won their Group B Match Day 15 fixture in the 2022/2023 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) by beating Lobi Stars of Makurdi 1-0.

The match played at the Ondo State Sports Complex in Akure saw forward David Onovo heading home from a corner-kick in the 23rd minute.

Sporting Tribune reports that all efforts by the home team to increase the tally were frustrated by the visitors in the fiercely-contested encounter.

Sunshine Stars had drawn 1-1 with Wikki Tourists FC in Bauchi on match day 10, and Doma United in Akure on match day 11, before their last draw on match day 13.

They, however, still have a game at hand against Rivers United on match day 12 and had lost match day 14 away to Abia Warriors.

The team’s Head Coach, Edith Agoye, during a post-match interview, said the pursuit of a Super Six ticket was still on course with the victory.

Agoye, who described the encounter with Lobi as a difficult one, said it felt good to win the match.

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“It was not an easy match for us in all aspects. This is our first win in the second round of the league. It’s a very good one, in that the players put everything into the game to get the maximum points.

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“The most important thing is the three points and we are happy with it. We are still on course for the Super Six. This game has brought us back to contention.

“We still have four more games to go, three away and one at home. We believe seriously in the dream for the Super Six and we shall give everything to make sure we are there.

“Lobi Stars are currently leading our group and for them to top the table for weeks is not a joke. They are a very strong side and they understand how to play the game.

“We are happy that we were able to win against them. Today’s game is quite different from the last matches.

“It means we are improving and we will continue to improve,” Agoye said.

Lobi Stars’ Chief Coach, Muhammed Babaganaru, said it was a good outing for his team, especially with his players showing good character.

“We are still on course as far as the Super Six is concerned.

“Our position is not bad on the log. We will keep on working hard,” Babaganaru said.

Sunshine Stars are fifth on the log with 21 points from 14 matches, while Lobi Stars have 26 points from 15 matches to lead the log.

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