NPFL mid season: Sunshine Stars in precarious situation, fans cry out
By Femi Atolagbe
Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure have ended the first stanza of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) on the 12th position on the log after it lost the matchday 19 , 1-0 to Kwara United at the Ilorin township stadium.
The Ondo State based side lost the match day 19 encounter to 14th minute goal from Emmanuel Egbole , which put the Owena Whales in a tight corner on the league table.
Sunshine Stars who had played 19 matches to mark the league mid- season break currently placed on 12 position with 22 points, trailing by Kwara United who had a match at hand as at the time of filling this report on 13th position with 21 points, while Rivers United were on 14th position with 20 points with five outstanding matches
Niger Tornadoes and Sporting Lagos were on 15th and 16th positions with 20 and 18 points having a match at hand to end the mid-season respectively.
Meanwhile, Shooting Stars of Ibadan, Enugu Rangers who have two matches to complete their mid season games of 19 ,were sitting on the 11th and 10th positions with 23 and 25 points, while Kastina United comfortably occupied 8th position with 26 points with a match at hand to complete 19 matches of the mid season.
Lobi Stars and Remo Stars were in first and second positions with 33 and 32 points from 18 matches played from 19 of the mid season games, while Doma United established itself on third position tallied on same point with Remo Star who are superior on goal different points from 19 matches.
Football fans in Ondo State have been expressing their fear over the precarious situation Sunshine Stars found itself.
Olatuja Oyelabola while speaking with Sporting Hope at the Ondo State Sports complex, called on the management of the team to fortify the team with more quality players to enable the team return to winning ways.
He said : “I watched them day in day out here at the stadium, their major problem is how to put the ball inside the net , they will create many scoring chances but always fail to convert them.
” It’s serious problem for the club, the midfielders will work very hard to pass the ball to the attackers and they won’t be able make use of their chances.”
Another fan ,Mr Taju Eniolorunda disclosed that there is still opportunity for the team to rearrange themselves making use of the mid season transfer to sign good attackers that know how to score goals, saying that is the major problem of the team.
“Yes they are playing a very good football, but the beauty of football is the end result which is scoring goals, ball possession and other stats doesn’t give points, what matters most in football is goal, we need Sunshine Stars that will be scoring goals for us”
“Let the management go out and scout for quality players to complement the good ones we have, so that they can return our darling team to winning ways and place them on a comfortable position on the league, because if you look at our position on the table and others that have not played as many games like us , by the time they all played same number matches, it’s only God that will help Sunshine Stars not to be in danger zone.
The needful must be done to avert the danger now,”he said .