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NPFL: Sunshine Stars pip Wikki Tourists 2-1; Commissioner commends team

NPFL: Sunshine Stars pip Wikki Tourists 2-1

-Commissioner commends team

By Femi Atolagbe
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It was a moment of jubilation laced with victorious song at the Ondo State Sports Complex in Akure yesterday as Sunshine Stars FC pipped Wikki Tourists  2-1 in the week 17 of the Nigeria Professional League (NPFL).

Franklin Sasere gave the home team the lead in the 14th minute of the cagey  encounter.

Before Owena Whales midfielder, Anthony Omaka made it two for the Akure Landlords in the 29th minutes when he curled in an incisive cross from Tunde Adeniji .

The visitors reacted swiftly  to pull one back at the stroke of half time. The score line remained 2-1 going to the first 45 minutes.

Wikki Tourists came into the second half with more vigour and determination to surprise the home team for their first wasteful first half.

Though their efforts to level up were well tame by the Sunshine Stars back four.

Sunshine Stars assistance Coach, Saliu Subair during an interview , thanked God for the well earned three points, saying his team actually prepared well for the game with the zeal to defeat their visitors 4-0.

According to him, we have more than five chances that we were unable to convert in the first half due to un clinical characters of our boys in the front of the goal.

We are still on course, we still put our mind to play in super six, as for our next game against Remo Stars, we are going there with full force , hopefully we will get three points.

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Wikki Tourists head Coach, Aliu Subair  described the  officiating as excellent.

He added that Nigeria referees are doing well, noting that coaches should stop complaining about officiating. “Because if we continue to complain the game would not move forward”,he said .

The soft spoken coach praised his boys for their beautiful display despite the long journey they covered.

There is no compromise in our next game we are going to get our three points at home.

With the victory, Sunshine Stars now occupy 6th position on the log.

Meanwhile, Ondo state commissioner youth Development and sports, Mr Saka Yusuf Ogunleye had commended the efforts of sunshine stars players and officials in a crucial home win against visiting Wikki Tourists of Bauchi at the Ondo state sports complex.

Saka Yusuf in a release made available to newsmen described the win against Wikki as vital, as the team set eyes on another good outing away from home midweek

He thanked Ondo state sports loving Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu for his support, urging the players to reciprocate the kind gesture of the governor by picking at least a point in their next match against Remo stars .

Sunshine stars defeated Wikki tourist 2-1 to move to the 6th position on the log with 23 points .

Franklin Sasere’s 15th minute goal and Anthony Omaka’s goal in the 26th minute gave sunshine stars a comfortable lead before Wikki tourists’ Umar  pulled one back for the away team.

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